How your Instagram photos show if you have depression

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Every time we post something to Instagram, many of us choose different filters that make the photos more daring and artistic.

But while you do not think about the editing you do in them, it can show a lot about your mental health.  

One of them is depression.

It is not the first time that science takes a stand on the subject.

Last year, a team of researchers had come up with an algorithm that can show if there are signs of depression in an individual by analyzing Instagram accounts.

This approach comes to strengthen a new study by the universities of Harvard and Vermont, which developed a corresponding technique.

And if you are wondering what are the most common symptoms of depression as they are depicted in the photos we put on Instagram these are:

  • Darker photos, more gray than normal or blue. 
  • Black and white photos with the Inkwell filter. 
  • Photos with few people, which shows fewer social contacts. 
  • Broken face in the selfie. 
  • Few likes in the photos. 

For the study’s needs, researchers asked 166 volunteers to share their photos on popular social media and together with their mental health history. Of these, 71 were diagnosed for the last three years with clinical depression.

So they surveyed about 44,000 photos about the brightness, shade, and color chosen by Instagram users through a computer technique that they claim can diagnose depression with 70% accuracy.

The study also found that the healthiest and cheerful people tend to use brighter filters, such as Valencia for example.

 

Source: www.askmen.com

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