Instagram the Facebook-owned social networking site has gained huge popularity in recent years. Around millions of images are posted on Instagram on daily basis and these images reveal a lot about one’s mental health. The present state of your mind can be disclosed from the images posted on the social networking site.
The mental status of an individual stating whether the individual is depressed or not can be revealed by the image posted on Instagram. The researchers from Harvard University and the University of Vermont have designed a new machine learning algorithm which can analyse the images posted on Instagram and can determine the mental state of an individual.
About 166 individuals participated in the study and 71 of them were suffering from depression. The newly designed machine learning algorithm analysed the 43,950 images posted on Instagram by these individuals. the algorithm correctly analysed these images and accurately predicted the individuals which were suffering from depression. The results made by this algorithm was more efficient than the one predicted by the medical experts.
The different aspects of the images like colour, a number of individuals in the photograph, the comments posted by the friends were analysed to determine whether the individual is depressed or not. The images with dark colours and fewer individuals predicted that the individual is depressed. These participants also preferred to post images with more black and white background than the colour images.
These individuals also received fewer likes for their posts compared to other individuals. During the study, the individuals considered a relatively small group of individuals to determine whether an individual is depressed or not. The study needs to be conducted on a wider scale to come to a concrete conclusion. The algorithm was efficient in determining the depressed and nondepressed individuals from the images posted on the Instagram. The details of the study have been published in the journal EPJ Data Science. The study also revealed some techniques like regular yoga exercise which can tackle depression.
Daniel is acting editor of Talk Herald with over two years of experience in the field of online news under his belt. Daniel has worked with multiple media houses and is currently leading a team of journalists, sub-editors, and writers through his entrepreneurial endeavors.
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