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Is Facebook creating “iDisorders”?

The link between clinical symptoms of psychiatric disorders and technology use, attitudes and anxiety.
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on 10 February 2013

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Transcript of Is Facebook creating “iDisorders”?

Is creating "iDisorders" ? The HomeNet Project, 1995, provided internet access and a computer to 93 households who had no internet experience and tracked their psychological health.

After a year the researchers concluded that greater use of the internet was associated with more signs of loneliness and depression. Robert Kraut Yair Amichai-Hamburger Vincenzo Cosenza Larry Rosen Facebook is the largest in the world with 1.2 billion members

Based on the assumption that superficial on-line interactions are rapidly replacing high-quality face-to-face interactions between friends, thus compromising the quality of friendship.


Online communication is being used to enhance both the quantity and quality of communication between friends, leading to greater closeness and intimacy. Friendship: An old concept with a new meaning? L.D. Rosen, K. Whaling, S. Rab, L.M. Carrier, N.A. Cheever.

Is facebook creating “iDisorders”? The link between clinical symptoms of psychiatric disorders and technology use, attitudes and anxiety.

Computers in Human Behaviour (2013)
Article in press.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2012.11.012 The link between clinical symptoms of psychiatric disorders and technology use, attitudes and anxiety. The purpose of this current study was to examine whether:
(1) use of technology and media,
(2) attitudes toward technology and multi-tasking
(3) anxiety about not being able to check in with technology and media
would predict clinical symptoms of psychiatric disorders: such as major depression and OCD etc. in a sample. Media/Technology Use and Feelings 1) Millon Multiaxial Clinical Inventory
2) Daily media, technology and Facebook usage
3) Technology-related attitudes
4) Technology-related anxiety Has Facebook trivialised the concept of friendship?
The displacement hypothesis:
The stimulation hypothesis:
More people than ever 'mentally ill' Peter Aldhous
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