In a new study, researchers from University of Pennsylvania has claimed that people’s status updates on Facebook can reveal their mental health conditions.
In order to find out the relationship between status and mental health condition, the researchers analyzed status updates of more than 500 words.
“Over two billion people regularly share information about their daily lives over social media, often revealing who they are, including their sentiments, personality, demographics, and population behavior. [1–4] Because such content is constantly being created outside the context of health care systems and clinical studies, it can reveal disease markers in patients’ daily lives that are otherwise invisible to clinicians and medical researchers,” the study said.
After analyzing the data, the researchers found that all of the medical conditions described in the study were present in the “Facebook language”. During the course of the study, the researchers associated different words or terms with different medical conditions. However, the researchers said that merely using the words doesn’t mean someone has the condition although those who use those words are more than likely to have it.
Despite its findings, you should note that majority of the participants were female Facebook users and the researchers said that the study isn’t conclusive to associate medical conditions with someone’s Facebook usage.
This isn’t the first time a research tried to find links between users’ personal traits and Facebook usage. Back in 2013, scientists claimed that someone’s social media usage is directly related to race, IQ and political views.