Instagram photos show if users are depressed

James Dean, Technology Correspondent Software designed to pick out Instagram users who suffered from depression was able to spot cases of illness before they were diagnosed by doctorsGetty Images Instagram photographs contain clues that the person posting them is depressed, according to research. Artificial intelligence designed to detect depressed people on the photo-sharing network was more accurate than doctors and spotted several cases of depression before it was diagnosed. Scientists designed software to identify features of depression from face detection, colour and brightness analysis, and the data that accompanied Instagram images. There is good reason to prioritise research into Instagram analysis for health screening They also examined the use of photographic filters, which are a feature of Instagram. Depressed individuals were less likely to use filters, the researchers found. Those…


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