ANU Researchers use social media to predict depression

A joint study by the Australian National University and the Harbin Institute of Technology in China has found that people who suffer from depression are more active on social media between 11pm and 3am compared to other social media users.

The study used data from Chinese social media site Weibo. Jin Han, a PhD student at ANUs National Institute for Mental Health Research, said that she hoped the findings of the study could be used to help organisations who work with people who suffer from depression and could be used to identify those individuals who may be showing signs of depression but who are less likely to reach out for help.

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