- Review: Wyze’s budget security cams easily compete with big-name brands 2 Years Ago
- Review: Jedi: Fallen Order knows why you love Star Wars 2 Years Ago
- Actor Amanda Seales pushes back on #FreeRodneyReed movement Monday 10:58 PM
- Netflix thriller ‘Earthquake Bird’ can’t solve its own mystery Monday 4:45 PM
- Goop is selling an expensive ‘restraining arts’ BDSM kit Monday 4:17 PM
- Body positivity actress Lili Reinhart calls out Photoshopping app Monday 3:42 PM
- ‘Rick and Morty’ zeroes in on connections and leans into familiar territory Monday 3:30 PM
- People are sharing photos of how much they’ve changed in a decade Monday 2:30 PM
- A few of our favorite things on Newegg are on sale for Black Friday Monday 2:15 PM
- Disney adds ‘Bob’s Burgers’ movie back to release schedule after accidentally yanking it Monday 2:02 PM
- Ocasio-Cortez launches petition demanding Stephen Miller’s resignation Monday 1:24 PM
- Prince Andrew’s defense against child sex crimes stokes conspiracy theory flames Monday 1:20 PM
- More people may be looking to cancel Disney+ than Netflix Monday 1:09 PM
- Monday Night Football: How to stream Chiefs vs. Chargers live Monday 1:00 PM
- After days of deadly protests, Iran implements ‘largest internet shutdown ever’ Monday 12:55 PM
A new study has found that the photos you post on Instagram can reveal telltale signs of depression.
Right about now, you might be thinking about the filters you can use to hide your feelings. Well, it turns out, that only makes it easier to diagnose you. For the study, researchers Andrew Reece of Harvard and Chris Danforth of University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences created a computer program that can recognize human depression by studying the frequency of posts and filters used. The pair asked 166 people to share their feed and their mental health history. The computer software correctly diagnosed a person with depression 70 percent of the time; practitioners correctly diagnose patients with depression 42 percent of the time, according to other studies.
The study found that depressed individuals do not use filters much, but when they do, they prefer darker colors. Also, taking numerous pictures by yourself is also a sign of depression according to the study.
“Depression is strongly associated with reduced social activity. As Instagram is used to share personal experiences, it is reasonable to infer that posted photos with people in them may capture aspects of a user’s social life,” the study says.
The study also revealed what a healthy Instagram account looks like. Mainly, a non-depressed person’s social site may feature numerous pictures with friends and family members with bright lighting. Healthy participants in the study preferred the Valencia filter.
Researchers are hoping this type of software can eventually be used in suicide prevention. “It is nearly impossible to predict suicide,” Dr. Igor Galynker of Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s psychiatry department told CBS News. “If machine learning could predict who is potentially suicidal—based on what they say, what colors they use—that would be incredibly important.”
Vanna Vasquez is a former intern at the Daily Dot whose work focused on viral news, politics, and YouTube. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she has also published bylines with BuzzFeed.