Some people think online relationship are just for flirting and time pass but they are wrong. Virtual relationships are as important as normal ones. Do not think for a moment that online relationships do not cause emotional stress.
Samantha Rosenthal, an epidemiology research associate at Brown University’s School of Public Health in Providence, R.I.
“It’s a different forum that has real emotional consequences,” she said in a university news release.
Of 264 study participants surveyed in 2013 and 2014, more than 8 in 10 reported at least one negative Facebook experience, such as bullying, meanness, misunderstandings or unwanted contacts. And 63% said they’d had four or more negative experiences since they’d started using the online service.
Moderate-to-severe depressive symptoms were reported by about one-quarter of the respondents. The risk of depressive symptoms was 3.2 times higher among those who had any negative Facebook experiences compared with those who had not, the study found. Unwanted contact or misunderstandings were associated with a higher risk of depressive symptoms whereas just one to three instances of bullying or meanness were associated with a higher risk of depression. Depression can be caused by these invisible relationships so take them seriously.