Does FB Use Make You Feel Blue? Study Says So

Does Facebook use really make you feel blue? That’s what a recent study says so. It indicated that the more participants browsed FB, the worse they felt subsequently.  The research was conducted by Ethan Kross  and other social psychologists at the University of Michigan.

For two weeks, the researchers tracked 82 young adults, asking them how they  feel and how satisfied they are with their lives. The report concluded that “On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it.”

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Supporting this view, other studies have also surfaced explaining the theory FOMO or Fear of Missing Out- a side effect of seeing friends and family having fun at parties or enjoying vacations while you are on a computer.

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If these findings are true, then it must be alarming. In another survey conducted by Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, it  showed an increase use of social networking sites.

As of May 2013, almost three quarters (72%) of online U.S. adults use social networking sites, up from 67% in late 2012. When the research firm first started asking about social networking sites in February 2005, just 8% of online adults said they used social networking sites.

Social networking and Twitter growth over time

Should we now stop using Facebook and “get a life”? Not so fast. Some analysts find the University of Michigan’s study flawed as the participants are too small and time period  very limited. Furthermore, there were previous  surveys conducted that showed positive effects of FB use to people’s confidence and social well-being.

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