Facebook makes people less happy.
So if you’re a Facebook user, it’s now important to ask yourself, “Is spending your time on Facebook actually making you happier?”
If you’re the type to just view what your friends are up to, read articles, and scroll down your wall, it’s likely hurting your happiness.
A few studies have shown that using Facebook passively like this can lead to upward social comparisons. When you compare yourself to the best qualities of others on Facebook, suddenly you like yourself less. You know, like when you see the accomplishments of your so-called friends and you start questioning whether you’ve done enough with your life. Or when you see the fancy-ass meals your co-workers are posting before eating, and then you wonder if you are boring because, let’s face it, you never do anything cool or fun.
It’s human nature to compare yourself to others, but on Facebook, everyone is presenting the best versions of themselves. So you always compare upward and end up feeling like you’re not good enough.
Most of the crap people post is fake, or exaggerated, anyway. POSERS.
The little green envy monster can make you feel inferior, hostile, and resentful. These emotions can actually harm your social relationships instead of supporting them while making you feel miserable in the process.
If you’re looking for the easiest possible way to find out if Facebook is making you miserable, take some time off. Then ask yourself if you felt better. If it did, consider taking more time off. Like, FOREVER.
Source Credit: Psychology Today – Tchiki Davis, Ph.D., is a consultant, writer, and expert on well-being technology.