Study: Facebook makes us unhappy
The more time you spend on Facebook, the more likely you are to be depressed.
Well, this calls for a status update.
Facebook is depressing, and now there’s a study to prove it. For two weeks, researchers from the University of Michigan studied a group of 80 people, periodically inquiring about their life satisfaction, well-being and depression levels. They also asked them how much time they were engaged on Facebook.
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Turns out the more time subjects spent on Facebook, the less happy they were both in that moment and with their lives in general.
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Lindsay Graham, a graduate student from the University of Texas, recently co-authored a review of Facebook research. She told Discovery News:
“This particular study shows us there’s something really important going on about how we use Facebook and what that can do to alter our mood and well-being for better or for worse.”
Researcher Oscar Ybarra thinks Facebook makes people unhappy because they feel "sub-par compared to their friends and all the wonderful things their friends are doing.”
Read more about the findings here.
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