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Envy is rampant on Facebook

A recent study conducted by two German universities has found that envy is rampant on Facebook. According to the researchers, one in three people felt worse after visiting Facebook and more dissatisfied with their lives. The researchers also claim people who browse the website without contributing were affected the most.

"We were surprised by how many people have a negative experience from Facebook, with envy leaving them feeling lonely, frustrated or angry," a researcher Hanna Krasnova from the Institute of Information Systems at Humboldt University in Berlin told Reuters.

The two colleges that participated in the study are Humboldt University and Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany. Researchers participating in the study found that vacation photos were the biggest source of resentment with half of all so-called envy incidents triggered by vacation photos posted to Facebook.

Another significant source of envy according to the study is social interaction. The second most common source of envy was caused by people comparing how many birthday greetings they received to those of Facebook friends or how many likes and comments were made on their photos and posts.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Not surprising...and sad
By Ytsejamer1 on 1/23/2013 8:52:35 AM , Rating: 2
My wife (I love her to pieces) lives on Facebook...she's always complaining about this person's updates, or that person's events, or someone else's business, etc. It's kind of sad that people get all riled up about what is essentially, a bunch of nonsense that has absolutely zero bearing in your immediate day to day life.

A lot of folks are using FB as some sort of validation...and if the fickle interweb masses don't flock to a "funny" status update or respond to whatever, they're feeling unfulfilled in some way. HOW EFFING SAD IS THAT?!?!?!? Life is right in front of us and we have people getting all distraught about what complete strangers or at best, acquaintances think about what you had for lunch.

This little quote from Brady Quinn (after the KC Chief football player shot himself after killing his family) was spot on and certainly worth reposting:

“We live in a society of social networks, with Twitter pages and Facebook, and that’s fine, but we have contact with our work associates, our family, our friends, and it seems like half the time we are more preoccupied with our phone and other things going on instead of the actual relationships that we have right in front of us. Hopefully, people can learn from this and try to actually help if someone is battling something deeper on the inside than what they are revealing on a day-to-day basis.”

RE: Not surprising...and sad
By piroroadkill on 1/23/2013 9:01:48 AM , Rating: 1
It'd wind me up to be with someone who used facebook all the time. Fuck that.

I don't use facebook, twitter, er.. whatever else is fashionable, and nor does my girlfriend of nearly ~3 years.

You just don't need that crap - there's already enough information being thrown at you as it is without seeking and sharing more, and not just more, but more USELESS information about pointless minutiae.

RE: Not surprising...and sad
By Brandon Hill on 1/23/2013 9:13:29 AM , Rating: 4
I don't use facebook, twitter, er.. whatever else is fashionable, and nor does my girlfriend of nearly ~3 years.

Not a fan of Twitter, but I do use Facebook. It's a good way to keep up with family (only my parents and I live in NC; the rest of my entire family lives in Maryland) and friends.

RE: Not surprising...and sad
By Schrag4 on 1/23/2013 1:31:30 PM , Rating: 2
You're right, FB is a great tool to keep in touch, but like many things in life, it can be abused. I'm not on FB (well, my wife is so really I am too) so I don't know what percentage of people use it to communicate with people they know vs what percentage of people LIVE on FB.

I suppose there are many more descructive habbits one could have. Do I want my wife addicted to FB? No, but if I had a choice I'd rather she be addicted to FB than to something that will destroy her life in a more tangible way, like alcohol (again, just fine in moderation). She's not really abusing FB much anyway. She mostly keeps up with people she really knows IRL but I sometimes have to ask her why she cares about the opinions of people she hasn't seen in 15 years.

RE: Not surprising...and sad
By arazok on 1/23/2013 11:02:45 AM , Rating: 2
I’m in the same boat. My wife is a wonderful person, but she’s been a stay at home mom for 4 years now and she’s going loopy. She’s on FB 24/7 making updates nobody cares to see, and gets pissed off if people poke fun at her for it. She’d fall into the Birthday post nut category too.

She doesn’t get depressed about anything on FB, she gets angry. And it’s always about he said/she said drama stuff that doesn’t matter.

I’m beginning to believe that women need a source of conflict/BS in their lives. And if they don’t get it from work, they invent it in their minds.

RE: Not surprising...and sad
By kattanna on 1/23/2013 11:47:17 AM , Rating: 2
you should walk by her one day and say.."oh.. your going to wear that?" casually and keep walking

that will give her something to stew over


RE: Not surprising...and sad
By xti on 1/23/2013 11:50:16 AM , Rating: 2
too subtle...just say she is growing a bodonka dunk

RE: Not surprising...and sad
By arazok on 1/23/2013 12:45:11 PM , Rating: 2

Yeah, I’ll take her illusionary frustrations directed towards an illusionary world, over real ones directed towards me.

RE: Not surprising...and sad
By Paj on 1/24/2013 8:30:28 AM , Rating: 2
Facebook doesn't cause people to react negatively to the success of their friends. Chances are that if you're the type of person to react negatively to someone's good news on facebook, then you'd do the same in real life.

What facebook can do (especially through overuse) is amplify those feelings if they already exist. If you suffer from anxiety, jealousy or any number of other mental afflictions, facebook probably wont help you.

It's a similar argument with many drugs. Pot doesn't cause schizophrenia, but it may trigger it in those who have a susceptibility to it.

Personally, I use facebook because it makes thing convenient for me. I have reconnected with old school friends in other countries that I haven't seen for over a decade, can see pictures of my new nephews and nieces on the day they were born, keep track of any upcoming social events, and a lot more.

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