Programs that Can Social Media Images for Depressive Symptoms

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A computer program, written by programmers and psychologists at Harvard and University of Vermont, ran through 43,000 images from 166 people, and agreed with the diagnosis of mental health specialists 70% of the time.

So what?

“These findings support the notion that major changes in individual psychology are transmitted in social media use, and can be identified via computational methods.”

Of course, the researchers recognize the necessity to be careful with this data, saying that this blueprint for mental health screening will be “paired with a commensurate focus on upholding data privacy and ethical analytics.”

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