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Clinically Depressed People Post Darker Instagram Photos, Study Finds Clinically Depressed People Post Darker Instagram Photos, Study Finds

Clinically Depressed People Post Darker Instagram Photos, Study Finds

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An estimated 350 million people across the globe suffer from depression, making it a leading cause of disability. For the many people now active on social media, that brings a real possibility that at least a few of the posts each day are uploaded by someone who suffers from the disease. While many will never outwardly state what they’re feeling, the photos they upload may be a dead giveaway.

The study used artificial intelligence to sort through Instagram posts and identify depressed people based solely on the filters they used. The software had an accuracy of 70 percent. General practitioners can accurately diagnose depression at a rate of only 42 percent.

Researchers reviewed nearly 44,000 photos posted by 166 participants, with approximately half of the group reporting that they had suffered from clinical depression at some point in the past three years. Overall, those with depression tended to post photos that were blue or gray in nature, whether through the use of filters or the photos they take in general. Those without clinical depression posted photos using filters like Valencia, which have a brighter, warmer tone. Depressed participants also tended to post more black and white photos using the Inkwell filter.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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