Researchers say Instagram posts can be linked with depression

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A study suggests your Instagram photos can possibly tell you if you’re depressed.

Researchers Andrew Reece of Harvard University and Chris Danforth of the University of Vermont looked at nearly 44,000 Instagram pictures from volunteers, some who had a history of depression.

They found people who are depressed posted pictures that were less bright and not as saturated with colors – in other words, pictures that were bluer, grayer and darker.

Depressed people in the study were also found to post more frequently, apply more filters and be more likely to include faces.

The study has not been formally published or independently reviewed.

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