Instagram Filters Can Show Depression, New Machine Computes

Social media is indeed a multi-purpose tool, as it now serves one more important function: diagnosing depression and other mental illnesses. Andrew Reece of Harvard University and Chris Danforth of the University of Vermont have come up with a machine that uses photo application Instagram to scan for depression and similar conditions, Tech Times reports. Reece and Danforth’s study found a link between a person’s use of color and his or her mental state. They theorized that Instagram users who post grayer and darker-colored images are more likely to be or become depressed compared to those who post brighter-colored photos. The pair then developed a machine that identifies if a person is depressed by scanning his or her Instagram photos. One photo can have different interpretations. Images on the app…


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