Facebook is a great outlet to share some of your happiest moments with friends — but it’s not exactly good for making you happy.
That’s according to a new study from the University of Michigan. Researchers followed 82 young adults for two weeks and measured their levels of happiness and life satisfaction while using Facebook.
Results showed the more a person was on the social media site, the more unhappy he or she became.
“Rather than enhancing well-being, as frequent interactions with supportive ‘offline’ social networks powerfully do, the current findings demonstrate that interacting with Facebook may predict the opposite result for young adults—it may undermine it.”
This anti-social find about the social network has been touched on before.
Two studies released earlier this year by German universities found looking at your friends’ super fun vacation photos and other positive events caused an envious reaction among users — their overall life satisfaction sank. (Via Facebook)
Another study highlighted the effect of Facebook on teens’ mental health and found that it, as CBS puts it, turns “teens into narcissistic, antisocial outcasts ...”
And in this most recent study, things like how many friends, likes or comments someone got on their Facebook profile didn’t seem to matter. Neither did factors like gender.
A writer for Memeburn sums it up, saying, “That study would seem to suggest therefore that … spending time on Facebook is awful for you, no matter who are.”
So, to avoid being as blue as the brand, try taking a break from Facebook and see if you don’t feel a little better after.