Facebook makes you miserable, new study shows

  • By Aneesa Hafiz

More time on Facebook can lead to emotional problems research suggests

A study by the University of Copenhagen suggests excessive use of social media can create emotional problem and depression steaming from feelings of inadequacy and envy.

The research gives particular warning against “Lurking”, browsing social media without engaging in direct conversation.

The study consisted of over 1’000 participants, mostly female and reads:

“Regular use of social networking such as Facebook can negatively affect your emotional well-being and satisfaction with life.”

The research continues to warn that a sever “deterioration of mood” can derive from spending too long looking at other people’s social media stories, induced by “unrealistic social comparisons”.

The report suggest using communication rather that social media and suggests giving up Facebook altogether. For those unable to do so the recommendation was to take a total social media black out for an entire week on a regular basis.


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