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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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  • Thebuster893#

    Thebuster893 wrote September 17, 2013 9:59:19 AM CEST

    properREDeye typed what I was thinking. Dump FED BOOK

  • properREDeye#

    properREDeye wrote September 16, 2013 3:19:28 PM CEST

    I dont like Facebook, its a waste of time and intelligence and a danger to freedom. There is a whole generation of people growing up thinking its normal to advertise where you are at any given time, what you had for breakfast, who you know and for your phone to gps track you. That is not normal, communist Russias KGB wish theoy could have had this, it is a social cancer eating at our freedoms and liberties, providing a written record of our entire lives, accessable to anyone... thats just creepy. And we know the government use it, and marketing companies to try & take more of our cash. We are being manipulated through these technologies and peoples brains are getting filled with more and more meaningless shit making us more dosile and receptive to more shit. Get out while you can! lol

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