I don't have Facebook, therefore I must be happy! Well I'm happy.
FACEBOOK MAKES PEOPLE LESS HAPPY: STUDY
18:33, 15 August, 2013
YEREVAN, AUGUST 15, ARMENPRESS: Using Facebook can make you feel like
you have a lot of friends, but it does not make you happier, according
to a new study, reports "Armenpress" making a reference on Telegraph.
Anyone who has had to look at photographs of their friends having
more fun than them, or read endless posts providing minute updates
about someone else's upcoming wedding, will already know this.
Scientists have confirmed that Facebook can make you miserable. A
study comparing how young adults felt at different times of the
day with their Facebook use showed that the more they logged onto
the social networking site, the less happy they were. The more the
participants had other forms of contact with people, such as face to
face or over the phone, they tended to feel better over time. They
also found that the participants were not more likely to use Facebook
when they felt unhappy. The findings suggest that the act of checking
Facebook itself was leading people to feel less happy.
"On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for
fulfilling the basic human need for social connection," said Ethan
Kross, a social psychologist who led the work at the University
"But rather than enhance well-being, we found that Facebook use
predicts the opposite result - it undermines it."
The study asked 82 young adults who had Facebook accounts and
smartphones to reply to a series of text messages sent to them at
random times each day for two weeks.
They were asked how they felt, if they felt lonely, or felt worried
and if they had used Facebook since they were last contacted or if
they had interacted with people in any other way.
The more the participants used Facebook during the period of time
between being contacted, they worse they felt.
The authors also asked the participants to rate their level of
life satisfacton at the start and end of the sutdy. Those that had
used facebook more over the entire two weeks suffered a decline in
The researchers said that they found no evidence that people used
Facebook when they felt unhappy already. They were, however, more
likely to use it if they were feelng lonely
Edited by Yervant1, 16 August 2013 - 09:44 AM.