Facebook Usage Linked to Worse Well-Being
Site makes people feel less satisfied with their lives
THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Using the social networking site Facebook has a negative effect on people's well-being, making them feel less satisfied with their lives, according to a study published online Aug. 14 in PLOS ONE.
Ethan Kross, Ph.D., from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues assessed well-being in 82 young adults who used Facebook by texting them at random times five times a day for two weeks about how they felt moment-to-moment and how satisfied they were with their lives.
Over the two weeks, the researchers found that the more people used Facebook, the less satisfied they were with their lives. Direct interactions with other people (via phone or face-to-face) did not negatively influence well-being. Negative outcomes were also not predicted by other factors such as loneliness, self-esteem, depression, gender, motivation for using Facebook, or the size or perceived supportiveness of their Facebook networks.
"On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection," Kross and colleagues conclude. "Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it."
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