Facebook Envy Leads to Depression for Some
January 23, 2013 8:30 AM
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Envy is rampant on Facebook
A recent study conducted by two German universities has found that envy is rampant on
. 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
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.
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RE: Not surprising...and sad
1/23/2013 1:31:30 PM
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.
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