Is Facebook ruining your social skills and life? That’s the claim made by findings form the team at WhoIsHostingThis. In examining Facebook and its 1+ billion users they found that many users suffer from depression, envy, and infidelity.
According to the study out of 200 college student profiles investigated users with heavy Facebook use were more likely to claim some form of depression.
The study also found that heavy Facebook users are more likely to suffer from Envy and more likely to practice infidelity.
On the college front once again the study found a negatively correlation between heavy Facebook use and grades. As students spend more time on FB they spend less time studying and their college work ultimately suffers.
Here is the full infographic that showcases how Facebook might be ruining your social skills and relationships.
Agreed that its ruining actual human communication,
This sounds like fear mongering…texting didn't ruin the English language, as some said it would. Face to face is always better, sure, but…as for the envy, I am sure those same people would compare their lives to RL friends and stories the same as they do on fb…it's not the programs fault but a lack in the person and a cheap scapegoat.
Wow, everything in moderation people. Facebook won't ruin your life unless you are obsessed with it but anything you are obsessed with will have a negative impact on your life.
Just like anything else, you have to have self-control in order to use Facebook effectively. If it is used for simple tasks such as keeping in touch with classmates or family that is far away, great; but if it is used to go behind your spouse's back to do things you shouldn't do, that person could abuse any website in order to do that, Facebook is just a website, and should be treated as such.
The findings of this study sound rather truthful; however, perhaps these same people displaying their depression on Facebook would have also been depressed were Facebook not around. The appropriate control group for such studies simply cannot be found. I do think that Facebook causes people to stay in front of a screen for too long when they could be enjoying the outdoors and seeing friends face-to-face.
As I read this, I couldn't help but wonder if it's Facebook that is causing these issues or if the people who are "heavy users" of FB would have these characteristics regardless.
I agree with the other comments… If you find that Facebook is making you depressed or envious… Cancel your account or take a break!
probably, people don't interact in real life anymore. people just sit and chat or facebook stalk and look at people's pictures and how much fun everyone else in the world is having.
Maybe. But as ruinous as it is, no one I know has quit it yet…
it's true. here i am! haha
it's a nice distraction and space holder when we don't know what else to do.