Murdoch Uni research finds it takes a Facebook village to raise a child

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NEW research from Murdoch University has found local mums are increasingly turning to social media, spending an average of between one and three hours a day using Facebook as their main platform to connect with others and as an avenue for support.

For many new mums, post-natal depression is a major concern, prompting Murdoch University researcher Catherine Archer to explore the impact of social media on the lives of parents.

“We’re not in a village anymor. Mums are not always able to connect outside of the house and are using Facebook as an alternative platform,” Dr Archer said.

A large group of the mothers in the study spent more time on Facebook following the birth of their first child.

While doctors are still seen as a valuable source of health and well-being information, Google and health websites and forums were a close second – rated higher than peers or family.

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