A group of experts from the University of Copenhagen has discovered that Facebook is sometimes a bad influence. During the one-week trial, the participants were asked to refrain themselves from using the social media platform for a week.
Then, they answered questions related to their life satisfaction and emotion before and after the study. Based on the findings, heavier users showed an elevated increase in life satisfaction compared to lighter users.
The statistics suggest that quitting Facebook is better than using it for less than half an hour a day. The researchers say that Facebook use might cause feelings of dissatisfaction and envy in both heavy and light users. The problem is that when people scroll through photos and posts, they find it hard not comparing themselves with other users.
It is worth mentioning that this practice is called “lurking.” The specialists note that this social media site isn’t that bad, but it is dangerous enough to affect the users’ quality of life. In other words, they waste their time on social media platforms, instead of communicating in person with other people.
As such, users tend to become isolated in a digital world and end up lurking on this website day by day. Based on the 2015 estimates, roughly 1.59 billion people are using Facebook. The study involved 1,905 Danish participants.
Around 86 percent of them were women and had a median age of thirty-four years. Also, they had an average of 350 friends on Facebook. Those participants used the website for slightly more than an hour every day.
During the study, they were asked how many Facebook friends did they have, and how much time they spent on that social media platform daily. The other questions aimed to measure the level of envy among participants.
Also, they revealed whether the participants used the website actively or passively. As previously mentioned, the researchers assessed other emotions among participants, such as the levels of anger, decisiveness, sadness, worry, depressiveness, life satisfaction, loneliness, happiness, and enthusiasm.
Then, the researchers concluded that Facebook use had a negative impact on emotions and life satisfaction. Also, quitting Facebook brought benefits on wellbeing as the participants were happier after just one week. In addition, the effect was even greater among those who were passive users.
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