WEB DESK: A noval research conducted in Denmark indicates that Facebook can make users ‘lonely and angry’ as they are constantly comparing themselves to other people’s apparently perfect lives, Daily mail reported.
Checking the social networking site provides members with instant satisfaction through ‘likes’ and friend requests but it also gives an artificial impression that others are happier than they are, the research claimed.
Happiness Research Institute conducted an experiment on 1,095 people in Denmark, who gave an average ranking of their current state of happiness at 7.6 out of ten.
They half of them were asked not to use Facebook for one week, and the other half to continue as normal.
After a week, those who had not logged onto the social networking site reported their happiness at 8.12 out of ten, while for those who had, their happiness remained same.
Those deprived of Facebook also reported an increase in real-world social activity and were significantly less angry and lonely than the Facebook users, researchers said.
The Institute’s CEO Meik Wiking said that the experiment’s results were ‘largely down to people’s tendency to compare themselves to others’.
He added: ‘Face book distorts our perception of reality and of what other people’s lives really look like. We take in to account how we’re doing in life through comparisons to everyone else, and since most people only post positive things on Face book, that gives us a very biased perception of reality.’
He said: ‘If we are constantly exposed to great news, we risk evaluating our own lives as less good.’
Mr .Wiking compared Facebook to ‘a non-stop good news channel that paints false pictures of edited lives’.
Expressing his views on the outcomes of the research he said: ‘I hope that the experiment’s results will get people to think about their own Facebook use, or to at least remember that not everything is as it seems within one’s news feed.
‘There can also be positive benefits from Face book and social media, but I think the thing to always be aware of is the effect it has on our perception of reality.
‘This constant flow of great news we see on Facebook only represents the top 10 percent of things that happen to other people. It shouldn’t be used as the background for evaluating our own lives.’
Source: Daily Mail