Facebook has become an addiction for many these days. I have to admit that it is something that I peruse quite a bit during the day myself. I have, however, taken breaks from FB and once I completely deleted the account just to get away. The only reason I came back was to use it for promoting the blog content.Quitting Facebook Makes you Happier, Less Angry, Decisive and have Better Social Life! Click To Tweet
Everyone is looking for companionship and social interaction at every level. What better way than a social network like Facebook with over a billion users? It should be an ideal anti-dote to loneliness and lead to happiness. Right? Well, a research study by Happiness Research Institute suggests that actually being on Facebook makes one depressed, unhappy, angry, lonely and indecisive. The study divided subjects into Control Group (those who kept using Facebook) and Treatment Group (those who took a break from Facebook) and studied their moods over a period of time of use/non-use. (Download the study from here – The Facebook Experiment)
The most devastating statistic was that people on Facebook were 39% more likely to feel less happy than those who were off the Facebook.
The study suggests that this maybe due to the phenomenon of “Facebook Envy”. People see others feeling better, having more fun and generally having a better life than themselves. Just that creates an envy, which has the impact. The study showed how envious people get from what others share on Facebook.
- 50% are envious of the amazing experiences that others are sharing on FB.
- 33% are envious of how happy others look on FB via their profile and pictures
- 40% are envious of others’ apparent success as shared on FB
The bummer is that for those who left Facebook, not only did their social activity in real life get better, but even their satisfaction from social life got enhanced far more! The change in levels of social activity and satisfaction from Social life for the Treatment Group is far more than the Control group!
Per this study, the verdict is clear – Getting off Facebook makes you a happier person with a better social life!
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