Does increased surveillance, or watching other people (via social networks) cause both paranoia and depression?
Nothing is private any more; everyone follows the information of other people... So do we live in a semblance (or simulacrum) of the real? And does this cause paranoia and depression? I think it would make for really good, innovative research. If only some one would look into that. I know a lot of people who feel self-conscious about how they present themselves to the world. My sister, for instance, is self-conscious – but she chooses not to have a Facebook account. She has OCD, anxiety and depression; she causes stress, confrontation arguments, and depression, and she wears people down. She is (as I said self-conscious) but she does not live in a simulacrum. She lives inside her own head. (Digression).
Can that paranoia creep its way into the real world – particularly if you KNOW or come to the realisation that people are watching you? And does that make for a depressed society Orwellian style.