Spending time on Facebook can make you feel bad, Facebook admits


In somewhat of a surprising move the social media giant published a blog post on Friday that highlighted the downsides of spending time on Facebook.

In the post, Facebook said that the way to feel better was for users to spend more time on Facebook.

The company detailed research from the University of Michigan that found that students who spent 10 minutes only reading Facebook were in a worse mood at the end of the day than those who posted and used the site to talk with friends.

Facebook also cited research UC San Diego and Yale who clicked ‘Like’ on twice as many posts as the average user reported worse mental health.

“Though the causes aren’t clear, researchers hypothesise that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison and perhaps even more so than offline, since people’s posts are often more curated and flattering,” Facebook said.

“Another theory is that the internet takes people away from social engagement in person.”

But the social network, which boast 2 billion users worldwide said it can be used to boost users’ moods.

Facebook said it all comes down to how someone uses the social network.

“We employ social psychologists, social scientists and sociologists, and we collaborate with top scholars to better understand well-being and work to make Facebook a place that contributes in a positive way,” said the blog post.

“According to the research, it really comes down to how you use the technology.

“For example, on social media, you can passively scroll through posts, much like watching TV, or actively interact with friends – messaging and commenting on each other’s posts.

“Just like in person, interacting with people you care about can be beneficial, while simply watching others from the sidelines may make you feel worse.”


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