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Your Instagram photos might say much more about you than what you had for lunch or where you’re vacationing this summer. They might also hold clues about whether you are depressed.

New research shows that people with a history of depression share more photos, use fewer filters, and post more images that are darker and grayer in color. The findings, published this week in the journal EPJ Data Science, suggest that Instagram and other social media sites are more tools that can be used to screen people for mental illnesses.

Previous studies have shown that how you word your tweets or your Facebook status updates might indicate whether or not you’re depressed. Instead of mining social media data for words, this latest study looked at visual…

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