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
1/24/2013 8:30:28 AM
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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