BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Lately, there have been all sorts of studies blaming Facebook for anything from depression to lack of wholesome socializing or manipulating facts. Many studies so far have concluded that Facebook makes you unhappy, but there are a few others that contradict that idea.
A body of research made in 2012 on social papers which have to do with the social network giant has turned into 412 different studies. More and more hit the market every month. Some of the burning questions are: What is the true effect of Facebook on our mindset?
22 percent of the global population uses Facebook for about 50 minutes a day. It’s important for them to find out whether using Facebook leads to emotional distress or has some psychological benefit.
The answer to that question is not easy.
Ethan Kross, from the University of Michigan, has done the bulk of the research about Facebook. At first, studies looked at all aspects of Facebook in relation to depression.
A study that found a connection between feeling under the weather and too much Facebook use has made headlines. Out of 1,787 American adults surveyed, those who were most active on Facebook were three times more depressed.
However, some say that the study is not necessarily complete. It could just mean that those who are already dealing with depression use Facebook as a tool to “fill the void.”
Another study was done in Denmark – which is one of the happiest places in the world found that people who took a break from Facebook felt happier and less lonely.
The study only lasted for a week and it was not published in a journal for peer-reviewing.
Another German study revealed that Facebook leads to a vicious circle of envy and self-promotion. Here’s how it works: When you see a friend or acquaintance traveling to an exotic place, displaying haute-couture clothes or being next to a celebrity, you become envious. So you do everything in your power to promote yourself to catch up. This leads to more envy and more self-promotion.
But our lives aren’t made solely for fancy clothes, dinners, and travel. Facebook makes only events seen as “amazing” stand out. And that’s not as good as it seems.
Other studies have focused on a different side of Facebook. The interaction through comments. It was found that receiving likes and positive comments actually can boost your mood. But the positive emotion is short-lived and does not compare to forging a friendship tie.
All in all, it’s up to you to use Facebook as a positive tool.
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