The Time Has Come! Quit Your Facebook Next Week Or Else …

According to a study in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, not using Facebook for a week could improve one’s mental health. You might have long been hearing that there is a link between the use of social media and a person’s behavioral and emotional state, specifically jealousy and envy; well, that hypothesis may be entirely factual.

This leads to a week Facebook-free recommendation.

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A study involving almost 1,000 Danish adults proved the effects of us using Facebook. It required two groups of participants. One group quit using Facebook for a week while the other continue logged on as usual.

Participants had to answer question about their mental well-being before and after the study. They ranked their levels of emotions such as loneliness, happiness, anxiety, and enthusiasm. They also rated their satisfaction in life.

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One of the goals of the study is to know how people’s social media usage affects their lifestyle. They found out that the more friends one has, the more he or she uses social media. The survey also asked the participants is Facebook makes them more emotional whether they are actively posting or just passively scrolling through their feed.

The study lasted for a week. After which, they observed that those who quit using Facebook reported better improvements to their emotional state and life satisfaction than those who did not.

However, before you deactivate your account, mind you that the study did have its limitations. The volunteers knew that they were going to be assessed by the end of the week which means they might have felt boosts in their emotions simply because they expected to. It is also impossible to distinguish whether they have cheated or not.

If you find yourself constantly feeling down because of the posts that you see, you might as well take a step back and distance yourself from using the site first.

“Facebook-related envy is a widespread feeling among Facebook users because they are presented with loads of social information that invites social comparison,” writes study author Morten Tromholt of the University of Copenhagen.

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“It might not be necessary to quit Facebook for good to increase one’s well-being—instead an adjustment of one’s behavior on Facebook could potentially cause a change,” writes Tromholt. Avoid certain friend’s posts if you tend to be envious by unfollowing them so you don’t have to see everything they share on your feed. Share this post with your friends!

Source: Reader’s Digest