According to a study regular Facebook use actually causes a decline in a person’s happiness. Picture: Getty Images
Do you envy your friend who‘s always posting happy statuses and about her perfect life? Well chances are, her life may just be the opposite, according to a survey.
According to a study (found on plosone.org) done by researchers at the University of Michigan actually suggests that regular Facebook use actually causes a decline in a person’s happiness.
The authors involved used “experience-sampling” for their research, as this type of method is most reliable for measuring behaviour and psychological experience. In other words, it calculates how people “how people think, feel, and behave moment-to-moment in their daily lives”, reported sciencecodex.com.
According to plosone.org the doctors used a sample of 82 young adults whose average age was 19, the core of Facebook’s demographic. They all had Facebook accounts and were quizzed on a variety of questions, and it was found that every time the participants used Facebook, and answered the survey, each time their good mood deteriorate.
"On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection," said Dr. Ethan Kross, the study’s lead author and University of Michigan social psychologist.
But Dr. Kross continued to elaborate that in fact, using the social media may weaken human social connection.
"But rather than enhance well-being, we found that Facebook use predicts the opposite result – it undermines it."
In contrast, face-to-face interaction made people feel better over time, reported medicaldaily.com.
The website also suggests that perhaps that is the reason why Facebook usage amongst young people is declining; but then again, that could also just be because the younger generation is now using Twitter a lot more.