"Facebook depression," the subject of stories last week inspired by a clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, has essentially turned out to be a made-up condition.
Still, that doesn't mean Prime Minister Stephen Harper hasn't suffered from its symptoms, even if he's never logged on to the social network himself.
Whether or not "Facebook depression" can be diagnosed, there is enough anecdotal evidence to verify that sitting alone at the computer, and observing updates that involve virtual friends having a good time, can result in unparalleled feelings of despair.
How else to explain the Conservative party's decision to eject University of Western Ontario political science student Awish Aslam from an election rally, after a photo of her posed alongside Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was discovered on Facebook?
While she has now accepted an apology from Harper's chief spokesperson Dimitri Soudas, the incident is being seen as a potential selling point for Ignatieff inRead More »from Does Stephen Harper actually suffer from ‘Facebook depression’?