Does Facebooking make us sad? Hunting relationship between Facebook use and depression among Filipino adolescents

2012 IJRSET – Volume 1 Issue 2


Datu, Jesus Alfonso*
De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines (

Valdez, Jana Patricia
Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Manila, Philippines (

Datu, Nino
Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Manila, Philippines (


The current paper looked at the linkage between the use of Facebook and depression levels of selected Filipino adolescents. Two hundred college students whose ages ranged from 17 to 20, in a private and sectarian collegiate institution were selected through purposive sampling. Goldberg Depression Scale (GDS) and a survey regarding the number of hours allotted in the use of Facebook per week served as data collection instruments. Utilizing a descriptive-correlational research design, the researchers found that there is no significant association between respondents’ level of depression and the use of Facebook (r = 0.04, p = 0.70). Hence, depression cannot be sufficiently linked to the use of Facebook. Implications of the findings to the fields of counseling and psychology were discussed.

Keywords: adolescents; correlation; depression; Facebook; Goldberg Depression Scale



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