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Quest to Get Depressed Teens to Disconnect From Social Media

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If it sounds counterintuitive, that’s because it is. Why would a tool that keeps you connected at all times contribute to loneliness? Dr. Gwenn O’Keefe, a pediatrician and author of CyberSafe, first began to research Facebook depression in 2011. She says that the social skills of the young generations growing up with Facebook fully integrated into every aspect of life are being detrimentally affected. “Because they’re so connected to communication that isn’t face to face and live, so to speak, we have to somehow get them better sense of balance, so if they’re faced with something that there can’t be a plug for, they know how to negotiate it,” she says.

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