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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Meh. . .
1/23/2013 2:50:10 PM
I don't see anything wrong with being jealous or envious of friends who get to do cool things and post pictures of it, as long as it doesn't lead to a dark place. My friends post pictures of vacations in Hawaii, Europe, or wherever and sure I'm jealous, but I get to go cool places and do cool things too, so it doesn't make me depressed. Sometimes disappointed that I missed out on something, but chances are I would hear about it from a friend anyway, so the fact I saw it on facebook is meaningless.
I'm likely to believe the same people who get depressed by facebook probably would have been depressed for for another reason instead if FB wasn't around.
While I use it mainly to keep up with friends and family, working in a freelance capacity, over the past couple of years it has also turned into a tool for me to use to keep up with former co-workers and employers to be notified when potential work is available.
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