Can Facebook identify Anxiety and Depression

Can Facebook identify Anxiety and Depression

Facebook allows us to see into people’s lives, homes and activities.  It also allows us to share concern, anxiety and worry to a mass audience.  Some users of Facebook document every moment of their lives, giving us an incredible insight into their mental well-being.

It is proposed that Health professionals could use this information to glean better information about their patients and in turn treat them better.   A study undertaken by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine ran a study on 1,000 patients. They looked into 21 conditions that were predictable from Facebook.  They analysed words used by their patients such as ‘drink’ or ‘bottle’ which could suggest alcohol abuse or bad language could be an indicator of drug abuse.

Now turn your attention to the blog we wrote a few months ago.  Your Career & Social Media.  We discussed how potential employers snoop into your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn account to find out more about you and your lifestyle.  Imagine if they see you using defamatory words, excessive drinking or worse criminal activity.  Would they even want to interview you?

About 70% of Company’s use social media to screen candidates during the interview process and about 45% of employers use social media to check on current employees!

So whilst it is admirable for this research to take place to help vulnerable people with any problems they may have, just be wary about sharing your life online.

Can Facebook identify Anxiety and Depression