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Study: Facebook makes us unhappy

The more time you spend on Facebook, the more likely you are to be depressed.

By Kristin Wong Aug 15, 2013 8:54PM

Photo: Facebook // Gary S Chapman/Getty ImagesWell, 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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Photo: Gary S Chapman/Getty Images

Aug 29, 2013 6:30AM
another great study with spurious results. did it ever occur to them them that rather than facebook making them depressed, maybe they're using facebook to escape life because they're depressed?
Aug 22, 2013 1:54PM
oh that is bullcrap!  Facebook is entertainment; just like TV or radio.  If it makes you depressed, it's something else.  Plus nobody tells the truth on facebook - they only brag about their kids or post their vacation pics. You never hear of bad stuff.  If facebook makes you depressed - then you are a "Debbie Downer" and must be depressed quite easily.  Seek therapy.
Aug 16, 2013 1:50AM

Then don't use face book. I avoid it like the plague.



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