Facebook makes people unhappy, new study says
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:15:39 GMT —
A study published by online publication Plos One showed that Facebook negatively impacts the way young adults people feel moment-to-moment and how satisfied they are with their lives.
The study also showed that the more times young adults went on the site, the more unhappy they were.
Christian Lucas, a sophomore at Coastal Carolina University, said she has started to use the site less because some parts of the site made her unhappy.
"A lot of people's statuses are negative and about their problems and they always seem sad or they're always complaining, and I guess that's why I don't get on as much as I used to," Lucas said.
The same negativity that Lucas experienced is one factor that Terry Pettijohn attributes to the studies' findings. Pettijohn, an associate professor of psychology at Coastal Carolina University, said another, more superficial factor could be linked to the discontent of Facebook users surveyed in the study.
"It may be information that makes you kind of envious of what your friends are doing. That they are on vacation, that they're buying a new car, that they're doing these exciting things whereas you are not. And by social comparison means, that's going to make you feel a little bit worse about yourself," said Pettijohn.
With 500 million users, and a mission statement to make the world more "open and connected," Facebook has changed the way people interact and engage over the years.
The study solely focuses on the affects of Facebook on it's users. It doesn't examine the effects of other social media sites such as Twitter.
It also only focuses on young adults. There were no other age group examined, which could potentially change the results.