Is Spending Time on Facebook Bad for Us?

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Facebook just admitted that using Facebook can be bad for you

Facebook’s director of research David Ginsberg and research scientist Moira Burke published a post in which they addressed questions about the impact Facebook has on our moods, and revealed some compelling information.

University of Michigan students randomly assigned to read Facebook for 10 minutes were in a worse mood at the end of the day than students assigned to post or talk to friends on Facebook,” the blog post said. “A study from UC San Diego and Yale found that people who clicked on about four times as many links as the average person, or who liked twice as many posts, reported worse mental health than average in a survey.”

Facebook’s blog post follows criticisms from former Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya, who said recently that social networks such as Facebook are “starting to erode the social fabric of how society works” and that they’re “ripping apart” society.  Palihapitiya has since walked back those remarks.

How American Adults Use Facebook - infographic

With people spending more time on social media, many rightly wonder whether that time is good for us. Do people connect in meaningful ways online? Or are they simply consuming trivial updates and polarizing memes at the expense of time with loved ones?

According to the research, it really comes down to how you use the technology.  Psychologist Sherry Turkle asserts that mobile phones redefine modern relationships, making us “alone together.”

Facebook comes with its psychological costs—many of them invisible.  Another recent study found that heavy Facebook users experience decreases in subjective well-being over time.  Research suggesting several ways that Facebook may be hurting rather than helping you.

  1. It can make you feel like your life isn’t as cool as everyone else’s.
  2. It can lead to a sense of false consensus.
  3. It can lead you to envy your friends’ successes.
  4. It can make you jealous of your current partner.
  5. It can reveal information you might not want to share with potential employers.
  6. It can keep you in touch with people you’d really rather forget.
  7. It can become addictive.

The bad: On one hand, when people spend a lot of time passively consuming information — reading but not interacting with people — they report feeling worse afterward and their social skills suffer as well as their relationships.

On the positive side of Facebook experiences, research found these benefits.

  1. Facebook can prove an invaluable way of keeping in touch with people you otherwise wouldn’t see.
  2. Facebook may decrease loneliness when used to keep up to date on news and community events.
  3. Facebook and social media in general can help you in your job search.
  4. Facebook can be used as a tool to communicate with others on specific interests or projects.
  5. Facebook is one of the easiest ways of sharing information and announcements out.
  6. Facebook enables you to journalize your life with thoughts, images and personal stories.

The good: On the other hand, actively interacting with people — especially sharing messages, posts and comments with close friends and reminiscing about past interactions — is linked to improvements in well-being. This ability to connect with relatives, classmates, and colleagues is what drew many to Facebook in the first place

This chart shows the popularity increase in usage over time of America’s #1 favorite pastime.

  Facebook Stats & Tips | Visual.ly

So the answer, to the problem of too much Facebook is MORE engagement with Facebook right or wrong?

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