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The Week contest — Facebook depression
Since Facebook isn't going away, what can people do to solve this problem?
Time to make our lives look more idyllic, too!
Time to make our lives look more idyllic, too! Courtesy Shutterstock
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ast week's question: Scientists say that spending too much time on Facebook is making people depressed, possibly because their friends’ idealized version of their lives are making their own lives seem drab by comparison. Since Facebook isn’t going away, what can people do to solve this problem?

RESULTS:

THE WINNER: Befriend a bunch of angsty teenagers who do nothing but complain
Zachary Anthony, St. Louis

SECOND PLACE: Read Dostoyevsky
Drew Filus, Studio City, Calif.

THIRD PLACE: Get Al Gore to invent something better
Lela Nelson, Stockton, Calif.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Invent a lovable alter ego, such as Miley Filner Weiner
Frank Letchworth, Knoxville

Come up with better lies
David Eichner, Kapaau, Hawaii

Move to a country where Internet access is heavily regulated
Ken Kellam III, Dallas

Send a friend request to Debbie Downer
Joanne Sullivan, Maspeth, N.Y.

Unfriend Facebook
Kaia Adler, Franklin, N.C.

Read any daily newspaper, where good news is anathema
Jim Brown, National City, Calif.

Hire a fiction writer to spice up their posts
Bill D. Miller, Barton, Vt.

Post pretend photos of epic vacations downloaded off the Internet
Bradley Fowler, Chambersburg, Pa.

Switch to Myspace
Bryan F. Smith, Denton, Texas

Turn on C-SPAN: Watching Congress will make anyone feel better about themselves
Richard Grossman, Wilmington, Del.

Tweet @DrPhil for coping strategies
Matt Schirripa, Meadville, Pa.

Only open the Facebook pages of people you don’t like
Kenneth R. Updegrove, Cedaredge, Colo.

Demand a Dislike button
Barry Cutler, Palm Desert, Calif.

Restrict Facebook use to viewing captioned cat photos
Patricia Leslie, Richmond, Calif.

Split your time between Facebook, the obituaries, and homeless dog commercials
Eric Johnson, Diamond Springs, Calif.

Get a North Korean pen pal
Joel Greenspan, Atlanta

Cut the funding to the scientists who discovered this
Julie Gensterblum, Howell, Mich.

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