Could Facebook help treat mental illness?

A lot of people like to peek at someone else’s Facebook or Twitter account. Now, researchers from the University of Cambridge and Stanford University are pushing for that peek to become a formal part of mental healthcare.

In fact, they say social networking sites could “revolutionise mental healthcare”, especially the care of adolescents and young adults.

But how? There are a number of ways. First, mental health factors could be identified by analysing the content people post on social media, which is often more reliable than self-reported information. For example, social media