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Facebook makes you unhappy

PostFri Dec 23, 2016 9:55 am

I de-Facebooked a couple of years ago and haven't looked back. One day I was scrolling through my feed and found a member of my family arguing with someone I used to work with -- people who were thousands of miles away from each other and had never met -- and I decided that was enough.

All social media has potential for abuse, but FB invades your life and every small thing becomes a train wreck.

Facebook makes you unhappy and makes jealous people particularly sad, study finds

Facebook is making us unhappy and causing people who suffer “Facebook envy” to be particularly depressed, a study has found.

Users who took a week-long break from the social media site were found to be more satisfied with life and rated their own well-being as higher.

The University of Copenhagen experiment involved 1,095 people, half of whom were asked to continue their Facebook habits and half ordered to abstain from logging on.

Those who admitted suffering high levels of Facebook envy, the tendency to be jealous of your friends’ activities on social media, benefited most from going teetotal.

“Millions of hours are spent on Facebook each day,” wrote report author Morten Tromholt.

“We are surely better connected now than ever before, but is this new connectedness doing any good to our well-being?

“According to the present study, the answer is ‘no’. In fact, the predominant uses of Facebook – that is, as a means to communicate and gain information about others, as habitual pastime – are affecting our well-being negatively on several dimensions.”

The sample size was 86 per cent female, spread across Denmark, with an average age of 34, and with an average Facebook-friends count of 350.

They were first asked to take a 15-minute pre-test which then randomly dropped them into either the treatment group – who were banned from Facebook for seven days – or the control group – who were asked to continue using it as usual.

In the post-test on the last day of the experiment, which 888 participants completed, 13 per cent of the treatment group admitted giving in and using Facebook.

The majority of these “non-compliers” claimed it was either because of an emergency or was a “habitual accident”.

In the test, the Facebook users rated their life satisfaction at 7.74 out of 10 average, but those who stayed away rated it at 8.11.

The effect of quitting Facebook on well-being was also greater for users who feel "Facebook envy" than for users who do not.

A study has also found the more time 19 to 32-year-olds spend on social media, the more likely they are to become depressed.

Facebook, which had 1.79 billion monthly active users in the third quarter of this year, rolled out emoji reactions in January to sit alongside its famous "Like" button.

“To make things clear, if one is a heavy Facebook user, one should use Facebook less to increase one’s wellbeing,” added Mr Tromhalt.

Brenda Wiederhold, editor-in-chief of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, said the study showed Facebook “lurking” may cause negative emotions.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... 90816.html
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Re: Facebook makes you unhappy

PostFri Dec 23, 2016 1:16 pm

I don't necessarily find any of this to be surprising or inaccurate really, but it always just comes down to the person and how they use this sort of technology. Too many people don't even really know themselves and are so consumed by social media and distractions that they never take the time to figure shit out, so no wonder they are unhappy.

Personally, I use Facebook intermittently. I'll check it a few times a day and sometimes I will post a couple of times a week but usually it is like a couple of times a month, if that. And when I do post it is either my photography, a link that I think people could find useful or inspiring, or a random thought I find funny and want to share with those that care. I don't let myself get caught up in caring about who likes what or who shares what; I take mental note of it and appreciate it, and I'm sure it pumps my serotonin a bit, but ultimately I'm not doing it for the self-gratification.

My family also recently hit some rough times, I may end up talking more about it on here in appropriate discussions but to sum it up, we lost some family members and my uncle lost his house. Through sharing information on Facebook with the help of our community my uncle will be able to get his feet back on the ground and at the memorial service I was reconnected with friends I hadn't spoken to or even thought about in years. My best friend from elementary school was one of the first people I saw after the service, we hadn't spoken in years but we just embraced and cried together. It was very therapeutic. So while I can see the surplus of negative things that social media can produce, I'm not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak.

Alternatively, my younger cousin barely uses Facebook and that fact has benefited him in absolutely no way haha.
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Re: Facebook makes you unhappy

PostFri Dec 23, 2016 2:46 pm

I completely agree with Loki. It honestly depends on the type of person you are. I feel like the good outweighs the bad for me. Facebook will only make you unhappy if you truly allow it to. However, I have a friend that has zero social media accounts and I wish I could do that. I'll maybe pick up more books and find other ways to be creative and to entertain myself. But social media has done me well so I can't complain. Sometimes I do feel like certain people rely on it too much. I have found my balance with it. Definitely more pros than cons for me.
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Re: Facebook makes you unhappy

PostFri Dec 23, 2016 5:50 pm

Ehh.. I hate Facebook. It's really destroyed a lot of my relationships and made me seriously dislike a lot of people who I'd rather not of known their political and social views on life. I pretty much stay off it now. It doesn't depress me but does ruin my faith in humanity.
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Re: Facebook makes you unhappy

PostTue Jan 17, 2017 2:02 am

justjess wrote:Ehh.. I hate Facebook. It's really destroyed a lot of my relationships and made me seriously dislike a lot of people who I'd rather not of known their political and social views on life.


So what are you implying ? That you'd rather have "relationships" based on lies, not knowing how/who your "friends" really are ?
Think about what you've written.
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Re: Facebook makes you unhappy

PostTue Jan 17, 2017 2:10 am

Here's more:

The Contagious Spread of Violence Among US Adolescents Through Social Networks
http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2016.303550

And if you need a new job, Facebook is hiring:

Brain-Computer Interface Engineer, Building 8
https://www.facebook.com/careers/jobs/a0I1200000JXqeWEAT/
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Re: Facebook makes you unhappy

PostWed Jan 18, 2017 6:37 pm

AndrianaStark wrote:I completely agree with Loki. It honestly depends on the type of person you are. I feel like the good outweighs the bad for me. Facebook will only make you unhappy if you truly allow it to. However, I have a friend that has zero social media accounts and I wish I could do that. I'll maybe pick up more books and find other ways to be creative and to entertain myself. But social media has done me well so I can't complain. Sometimes I do feel like certain people rely on it too much. I have found my balance with it. Definitely more pros than cons for me.


Agreed.

I am an introvert and I am happy with facebook. It restored a lot of relationships I would have otherwise lost, and it also allowed me to meet friends of friends I would otherwise not have met.

But I don't let external factors determine my mood anyway, I am strongly centered in myself and don't need to get validation from anyone. Facebook is useful for me to stay in touch with my international friends, but that's it. I don't need ''likes'' to be happy.
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Re: Facebook makes you unhappy

PostSat Jan 21, 2017 5:40 pm

My first thought upon reading the thread title is...

"no shit"

I am slightly impressed at how these diabolical geniuses have managed to get millions of people willingly addicted to a data mining psy op. The millions of people who post what they had for breakfast, crazies, trolls, stalkers, and idiots who offer people out to fights based on internet conversations, not so much.

It truly is a wonderful world we live in :lolno:
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Re: Facebook makes you unhappy

PostSat Jan 21, 2017 11:30 pm

I definitely think it depends on the individual and what they require from it.
Some benefit from it and some don't.

It's a great platform for businesses, musicians, artists, actors, film makers, and generally for marketing on the whole. And not to mention the great number of charities, organisations and support groups for many different needs and causes, whether it be mental health, abuse, chronic conditions, organising protests and 10 mile walks to raise money. You need to assess it in light of the current state of things.
Socialising and making friends is a whole other ball game and needs to be approached with caution. Stupid is what stupid does. And of course, this shouldn't need to be said, but parents/guardians should be completely responsible for monitoring what their children are accessing and their activity, or atleast trying their best to.
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Re: Facebook makes you unhappy

PostSun Jan 22, 2017 12:48 am

skankhunt42 wrote:I am slightly impressed at how these diabolical geniuses have managed to get millions of people willingly addicted to a data mining psy op. The millions of people who post what they had for breakfast, crazies, trolls, stalkers, and idiots who offer people out to fights based on internet conversations, not so much.



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