By Charina Clarrise Echaluce
While social networking sites are undeniably an avenue in reaching out to old friends and in meeting new people, the Department of Health (DOH) disclosed that bashing in social media is a new cause of depression.
In the press conference for the celebration of World Health Day, with the theme “Depression – Let’s Talk”, Health Spokesperson Eric Tayag noted that some people have difficulty in coping with the bashing they get in social networking sites.
“The new face of depression on social media is bashing. Some people have difficulty coping with bashing. We want to protect especially adolescents [as] they are vulnerable,” he said.
The health official disclosed that experts are now looking at the contribution of one’s social media experience to depression.
“Social media is a big contributor now. Pinag-aaralan ng experts [kung ano ang] contribution ng social media to depression. Social media is [a] way to connect to other people, but it also has a backlash, losing connection kasi na na-bash,” he stated.
“The experts are from associations of support groups to prevent suicide. There are also local researches and we are waiting for the results of their studies kasi kailangang ilagay din sa local context. We cannot make conclusion based on global studies. Iba kasi ang sitwasyon ng social media sa ‘tin,” he furthered.