Facebook is where many of us spend a lot of time, and according to a new study from the University of Michigan, when users accessed Facebook more during a specific period of time, they ended up feeling worse.
The study consisted of 82 younger adults who were randomly sent five texts per day over a course of two weeks. Each text message contained a link to answer several survey questions:
- How do you feel right now?
- How worried are you right now?
- How lonely do you feel right now?
- How much have you used Facebook since the last time we asked?
- How much have you interacted with other people “directly” since the last time we asked?
Over the course of these two weeks, researchers found that participants who had used Facebook more, often had a decreased mood.
They also found that in-person, face-to-face conversations over time, helped people to actually feel better.
University of Michigan researchers came to the conclusion that the worse or more lonely someone felt, the more they will use Facebook.
According to Ethan Kross, a social psychologist who helped publish the findings, while Facebook allows us to more easily connect with others, it can negatively affect our level of happiness.