by Robert Wilkinson
It seems that University of Michigan research points to Facebook users feeling worse about themselves the more they are on Facebook.
Facebook is a bummer that makes us feel worse about our lives, according to new research.
Facebook users in a study led by the University of Michigan wound up feeling worse about themselves after two weeks, and their moment-to-moment mood darkened the more they browsed the social medium. It didn't seem to matter how big their network was, how supportive they thought their friends were, nor why they went to Facebook in the first place, according to the study published online Wednesday...
"We were able to show on a moment-to-moment basis throughout the day how people's mood fluctuated depending on their Facebook usage," said University of Michigan social psychologist Ethan Kross, lead author of the study.
"We measured lots and lots of other personality and behavioral dimensions, like, for example, frequency of Facebook use," Kross said. "But none of the factors that we assessed influenced the results. The more you used Facebook, the more your mood dropped."
The article goes on to say the study is the first to be done over time, with the mood of participants measured 5 times a day for two weeks. There were other interesting results that were found, including how self-esteem went up or down, degrees of life satisfaction and social trust, envy, and loneliness, and the negative effect of Facebook on happiness.
By all means go check out the original article to find more. And while I’m not advocating anyone stop using FB, check in with yourself from time to time to feel how happy or unhappy you are while hanging out in social media. And if you’re feeling that you’re on a bummer, please redirect your mind to find more enjoyable things to do. While FB is okay for what it is, it should not be bringing us down.
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