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Reading other people’s happy posts on Facebook can make you depressed

| blog, L&B World, News | April 8, 2015

 

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Many of us have suspected it – but baby pictures on Facebook chip away at your soul, bit by bit by bit.

Spending hours on Facebook reading about the best bits of other people’s lives can lead to depression, according to University of Houston researchers.

Most people can use Facebook perfectly safely – but some find themselves obsessing over how their lives compare to others, and can end up depressed.

The researchers suggest that people who ARE depressed could be treated by restricting access to social media.

The problem comes from seeing ‘edited highlights’ of everyone else’s lives, so that you feel your own doesn’t match up, the researchers said, after analysing results of two studies.

Researcher Mai-Ly Steers said, ‘It doesn’t mean Facebook causes depression, but that depressed feelings and lots of time on Facebook and comparing oneself to others tend to go hand in hand.

‘Most of our Facebook friends tend to post about the good things that occur in their lives, while leaving out the bad,’ Steers said.

‘If we’re comparing ourselves to our friends’ ‘highlight reels,’ this may lead us to think their lives are better than they actually are and conversely, make us feel worse about our own lives.’

For people with pre-existing emotional difficulties, Facebook use can be particularly destructive, Steers warned.

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‘This research and previous research indicates the act of socially comparing oneself to others is related to long-term destructive emotions. Any benefit gained from making social comparisons is temporary and engaging in frequent social comparison of any kind may be linked to lower well-being,’ said Steers.

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Gang of young thugs terrorise estate in Sheffield with gun battles

| blog, L&B World, News | April 8, 2015

CCTV grab shows a youth brandishing a weapon on Wesley Road, Sheffield, where the community has been left terrified. See Ross Parry copy RPYGUNS : Shocking footage showing thugs shooting at family homes has been released after the gang have left a community terrified. The CCTV footage depicts youngsters shooting at homes and each other as they carry air rifles and BB guns, sparking terror among the area's residents, one of whom was fired at when she chose to confront them. Families in the High Green estate in Sheffield, South Yorks., say they are being "held to ransome" by gangs of yobs shooting at their homes and cars with the weapons. A mum-of-three who released the appalling footage says she has been left terrified by the thugs, claiming one brave neighbour who confronted them was fired at by the gang.
CCTV grab shows a youth brandishing a weapon on Wesley Road, Sheffield Picture Ross Parry

A gang of thugs has terrorised a housing estate in Sheffield by firing BB guns and air guns at family homes – and have shot at residents who tried to stop them.

Families in the High Green Estate say they have been ‘held to ransom’ by the gang – who were captured on CCTV shooting at one another.

One mum of three, who wished not to be named, said that she had been fired at when she tried to stop them.

CCTV grab shows a youth brandishing a weapon on Wesley Road, Sheffield, where the community has been left terrified. See Ross Parry copy RPYGUNS : Shocking footage showing thugs shooting at family homes has been released after the gang have left a community terrified. The CCTV footage depicts youngsters shooting at homes and each other as they carry air rifles and BB guns, sparking terror among the area's residents, one of whom was fired at when she chose to confront them. Families in the High Green estate in Sheffield, South Yorks., say they are being "held to ransome" by gangs of yobs shooting at their homes and cars with the weapons. A mum-of-three who released the appalling footage says she has been left terrified by the thugs, claiming one brave neighbour who confronted them was fired at by the gang.
Families in the area feel that they have been ‘held to ransom’ by the gang Picture Ross Parry

She said, ‘Something needs done about this gang – they are putting pellets through windows and cars and it is only a matter of time before somebody is hurt.

‘They have intimidated, threatened and terrorised people for too long now.’

CCTV grab shows a youth brandishing a weapon on Wesley Road, Sheffield, where the community has been left terrified. See Ross Parry copy RPYGUNS : Shocking footage showing thugs shooting at family homes has been released after the gang have left a community terrified. The CCTV footage depicts youngsters shooting at homes and each other as they carry air rifles and BB guns, sparking terror among the area's residents, one of whom was fired at when she chose to confront them. Families in the High Green estate in Sheffield, South Yorks., say they are being "held to ransome" by gangs of yobs shooting at their homes and cars with the weapons. A mum-of-three who released the appalling footage says she has been left terrified by the thugs, claiming one brave neighbour who confronted them was fired at by the gang.
CCTV captured the youths firing at one another (Picture Ross Parry)

South Yorkshire Police said: ‘We take reports of firearms and gun crime incredibly seriously in South Yorkshire and this story gives us cause for concern.’

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