Facebook Can Amplify Depression

March 28, 2011 Updated Mar 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM EDT

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March 28, 2011 Updated Mar 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM EDT


(WKBW/ABC News) America's leading group of pediatricians warns that facebook, the widely popular online site can highlight and amplify the depression so many kids suffer.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging pediatricians to talk to teens and their parents about possible "facebook depression," as well as cyberbullying, sexting and other online risks.

Doctors say friend tallies, status updates and photos of happy kids having great times can provide a skewed view of reality to a teen already facing self-esteem issues.

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