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Facebook Makes People More Unhappy and Lonely

Facebook Makes People More Unhappy and Lonely

September 16, 2013 - Facebook, the social networking website was created to enhance global communication. However, it is now causing more loneliness and reducing satisfaction and happiness among users, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan.

Researchers claimed that the site is having a negative impact on people's interactions and perception about oneself.

"On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection," said U-M social psychologist Ethan Kross, lead author of the article and a faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research. "But rather than enhance well-being, we found that Facebook use predicts the opposite result-it undermines it."

"This is a result of critical importance because it goes to the very heart of the influence that social networks may have on people's lives," said U-M cognitive neuroscientist John Jonides, another author of the paper.

The findings appear online in PLOS ONE.

The researchers arrived at the conclusion after studying 82 young adults. Each of them had smart phones and Facebook accounts. They texted them at random times five times a day for two weeks.

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