This morning I was alerted to headlines regarding Facebook and Depression (regarding teens) which referred to a new clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, “The Impact of Social Media Use on Children, Adolescents and Families” in the April issue of Pediatrics.
Read the news article here regarding the report http://www.news.com.au/technology/doctors-issue-warning-on-facebook-use-which-they-say-can-lead-to-depression/story-e6frfro0-1226029570947#ixzz1HwRS0dIm
Read the APA release here http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/socialmedia2011.htm
Interestingly an article came out hot on the heels of their release entitled Pediatrics gets it wrong about Facebook depression.
The article goes on to say that there are issues because they can’t differentiate between correlation and causation. They go on further saying “Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics should be ashamed of this shoddy clinical report, and retract the entire section about “Facebook depression.”
Read the full article here http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/03/28/pediatrics-gets-it-wrong-about-facebook-depression/
What is your view? does this report have validity or not?