It allows us to simultaneously keep in touch with long-lost cousin Annabelle in Baton Rouge, best friend Percival from the first grade at St. But like all benefits in life, Facebook comes with its psychological costs—many of them invisible. Indeed, a recent study found that heavy Facebook users experience decreases in subjective well-being over time Kross et al.
But research is finding that it may not be the healthiest habit, psychologically speaking: It can actually make us feel worse about our lives, instead of better, and ironically make us feel less, instead of more, connected to the people around us.
But playing around with finding the healthy "dose" may be a good idea. Here are a few ways in which social media is not so great for our mental health: As the study authors point out, long before the age of virtual social networks, Theodore Roosevelt said, "Comparison is the thief of joy.
Facebook is linked to jealousy This is an obvious offshoot of the one above: Facebook has been linked to our descent into an ugly spiral of jealousy and envy.
A study last year, for instance, found that people who post more updates about their personal achievements tend to be more narcissistic, while people who have lower self-esteem may accumulate more friends to compensate. And Facebook may feed the problem, rather than address it.
Says study author Tara Marshall, regarding narcissists, "it could be that their Facebook friends politely offer support while secretly disliking such egotistical displays.
Social media may be an addiction unto itself Not surprisingly, social media can be hard to get off of once you start.
Like any behavioral addiction, our use of Facebook--or whatever our site of choice--can take on a life of its own, as we idly open it up in our free moments, or whenever we need a distraction or entertainment.
Some researchers have written about the fact that such behavior can have eerily similar characteristics to drug addition, with craving, tolerance, and withdrawal as common signs. One study last year from the Happiness Research Institute found that people who quit Facebook reported being both happier and more in the present moment.
After a week of Facebook abstinence, they even reported higher life satisfaction. They also enjoyed reductions in worry, sadness, loneliness, and depression. If it works, keep going. Jan 21, More from Inc.Why might that make you feel glum? Unlike physical world friendships, on Facebook you can see exactly how popular your more popular friends are.
9. Facebook's CEO has a documented history of unethical behavior. From the very beginning of Facebook's existence, there are questions about Zuckerberg's ethics.
2. Facebook doesn't (really) support the Open Web. The so-called Open Graph API is named so as to disguise its fundamentally closed nature. It's bad enough that the idea here is that we all pitch. Why quitting Facebook is a bad idea It will make us more lonely.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company’s headquarters in Menlo . Facebook is bad for you Get a life! Their study does not tease out why socialising on Facebook has a different effect from socialising in person.
But an earlier investigation, conducted by. Deleting Facebook could be bad for you — here's why. Lindsay Dodgson. Apr. 6, , AM Thought Catalog. Many people have been tempted to delete Facebook recently. But if you do, you're.