Depression and problematic use of mobile phone

Depressed people may rely on mobile phone to alleviate their negative feelings and spend more time on communication activities via mobile phone, which in turn can deteriorate into problematic use of mobile phone. However, face-to-face communication with others played a moderating role, weakening the link between use of mobile phone for communication activities and deterioration to problematic use of mobile phone.

Jung-Hyun Kim et al  Alleviating depression only to become problematic mobile phone users: Can face-to-face communication be the antidote?  Computers in Human Behavior 2105

 

Happiness spreads but depression doesn’t

A study found that the relationship between people’s happiness extends as far as three degrees of separation – to the friends of friends’ friends. The effects were stronger with geographical proximity – a happy nextdoor neighbour increases the likelihood that you will be happy by just over a third. Guardian

James H Fowler and Nicholas A Christakis Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study BMJ 2008;337

Having friends who suffer from depression doesn’t affect the mental health of others, according to research. Eureka Alert

E. M. Hill, F. E. Griffiths, T. House Spreading of healthy mood in adolescent social networks The Royal Society 2105