Think your friend’s life looks too perfect on Facebook?

Many Facebook personas are just too good to be true – at least all the time.

A new study out of the University of Missouri-Columbia found that Facebook use can lead to symptoms of depression if the social networking site triggers feelings of envy among its users.

Researchers surveyed young Facebook users and found that some who use Facebook to “check up” on others also experience symptoms of depression. If you browse your friends’ profiles and compare them with your own life you can become depressed. Most people post things such as expensive vacations, happy relationships and new purchases. They only showcase the happy in their lives.

Facebook can be a very positive resource for many people but you need to avoid comparing yourself against others. Everyone’s life has ups and downs. Don’t compare yours simply to the ups.