Friday, February 1, 2013

Your Facebook Profile Could Determine Mental Illness

Psychologists and therapists may be able to use social networks to expose patients’ mental states.

According to researchers at the University of Missouri, whether you post once an hour or once a month can be an indicator of your psychological state. Researchers surveyed more than 200 college students to gauge their levels of extroversion and support of strange beliefs, then asked participants to print their Facebook activity.

Some individuals exhibited social anhedonia, a condition characterized by lack of pleasure from communicating and interacting with others. Their symptoms ranged from social withdrawal to odd beliefs, and those same people posted less photos, communicated less frequently via Facebook and had a lower friend count.

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