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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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RE: WTF
By Flunk on 1/23/2013 9:13:17 AM , Rating: 2
Birthday greetings are the primary source of merit on Facebook. Which is why I always make sure to add one to everyone I know.

It's a pain, but if you keep your "friends" list to actual friends only it works.


RE: WTF
By schmandel on 1/23/2013 9:38:27 AM , Rating: 1
What's the best way to embrace a world class Bad Idea like Facebook? Take its absurd premises and make them your own.


RE: WTF
By xti on 1/23/2013 10:24:33 AM , Rating: 1
being a way that you never forget a friends bday is great and makes FB worth it alone.

incoming "i know my true friends and FACEBOOK SLEPT WITH MY MOM"


RE: WTF
By Luticus on 1/23/2013 5:56:52 PM , Rating: 2
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being a way that you never forget a friends bday is great and makes FB worth it alone.


Yea... I'm not saying facebook is good or bad here, but my cellphone from like 10 years ago did this. In fact so has every digitized calendar/organizer pretty much ever.


RE: WTF
By xti on 1/23/2013 9:16:35 PM , Rating: 1
your cell phone didnt gather the data for you, nor took away the need for you to manually type it in.

its not just a spreadsheet, its a database :)


RE: WTF
By TSS on 1/23/2013 11:47:09 AM , Rating: 2
It's a good thing we've used all this technology to make it a pain to wish your actual friends a happy birthday, isn't it?

I wonder when people started having such a problem with the fact that the world just doesn't care about them.


RE: WTF
By exanimas on 1/23/2013 1:19:53 PM , Rating: 2
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I wonder when people started having such a problem with the fact that the world just doesn't care about them.


Probably around the same time people started getting "famous" for posting their opinions on YouTube.


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