In an amazing scientific breakthrough, the British medical journal Lancet is publishing a report on "an 18-year-old man whose asthma" was triggered by none other than Facebook, specifically his ex-girlfriend's profile.
According to the journal, the patient was already in a "depressive state" because of the loss of the girl. But instead of going the Mark Zuckerberg route and inventing Facebook, he simply logged on to it to spy on her. When he found that he'd been defriended, he created "a new account with a false identity" for some post-breakup snooping.
But he didn't like what he found. As the LA Times reports:
His ex-girlfriend had gotten over him and become Facebook friends with several other potential suitors.
"The sight of this seemed to induce dyspnoea, which happened repeatedly on the patient accessing her profile,” the doctors wrote. (For those who were wondering, dyspnoea – or dyspnea, as it is spelled in the U.S. – describes “difficult or labored breathing," according to MedicineNet.com.) The patient was advised to measure his breathing capacity before and after going online, and indeed, his “peak expiratory flow” fell as much as 20% “post-Facebook,” according to the report.
So a warning to any asthmatic, lovelorn social networkers: try not to be such a nerd about it next time.