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Facebook is indeed a downer, another study suggests

The average U.S. resident spends a nice chunk of their life – 32 minutes daily by one estimate – on Facebook. But the question of how Facebook really makes people feel – whether we’re a freshman in college, or a 45-year-old knitting enthusiast in the Midwest – that’s been a subject of much debate – and several studies – among psychologists. The newest study suggests, much like others have in the past, that the social network can be a bit of a downer.

The research, from the University of Michigan, involved surveying 82 undergrads who live near the campus, with the survey questions done, appropriately, via text message. The more time the college students said they spent on Facebook, the more likely they were to to report feeling a little less chipper, a little less satisfied with life.

Rather than take their answers in one sitting, or two, or three, the researchers pinged the group on their phones every few hours, every day, for two weeks. The median age of the students was 19.

“The more people reported using Facebook, the more negative they were feeling following Facebook use,” Oscar Ybarra, a psychologist at the University of Michigan and one of the authors of the study, told NBC News.

The researchers published their findings in the Aug. 14 issue of PLOS ONE. …

http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/facebook-indeed-downer-another-study-suggests-6C10916539

Giving it up was fun. I have time for better things now, like this blog.

3 comments on “Facebook is indeed a downer, another study suggests

  1. oliverthered
    August 15, 2013

    I like good old IRC

    • Xeno
      August 15, 2013

      I thought all those rooms would be empty these days… Haven’t looked at it in years. Ever use Gopher?

  2. Parlor of Horror
    August 15, 2013

    If they are saying 32 minutes a day, THEY ARE LYING. Most people that have that Facebook ‘life’ are connected all day, and I’ve seen it happen to relatives, friends, co-workers, etc. Someone will post about thier birthday and if they only get 5 ‘likes’ they are miserable. I had a friend that could no longer hold a conversation unless he was ‘talking’ with his thumbs. They must constantly strive for a reason to ‘post’ and often find thier lives not intresting enough to be ‘post’ worthy.

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