When coming home from a tiresome day at work, nothing beats putting your feet up on your desk and firing up Facebook. Let your troubles fade away, log in and see how your friends are doing. This is sure to screw a smile on your face. Or does it? Well, according to a new study, it seems that Facebook doesn’t guarantee happiness.
So, what prompted this study and, moreover, who was behind if it? It seems that the Happiness Institute from Denmark wanted to conduct a study in order to see how happy Facebook users really are.
A group study was formed comprising of over 1000 daily Facebook surfers. What was the goal of the study? In order to get a good idea what’s happening inside the mind of an inveterate facebooker, researchers have asked candidates to ascertain their mood when using Facebook.
To add a little spice to the matter, the scientists have taken into account both facebookers and non-Facebook users. The study spanned over a period of a week. Facebook users were asked to log out from their account and spend week without stalking their friends.
At the end of the designated week, when asked to ascertain their general mood, approximately 88 percent of the non-Facebook users answered that they were feeling very happy. In the other group, comprised of veteran facebookers, only 81 percent of candidates answered that they are happy.
Facebook users who have chosen to deactivate their account reported a great improvement in their social life. Moreover, they even said that logging out was the best decision that they’ve made so far. By deactivating their accounts, study members reported that they have less issues in concentration and that their social life is richer.
One again it seems that Facebook doesn’t guarantee happiness. Moreover, it seems that members who have decided to lay Facebook to rest are less prone to social depression and anxiety.
According to an online survey, approximately 94 percent of facebookers tend to log in on a daily basis. When asked about how they interpreted the data gathered from the study, the researchers said that Facebook does have the capacity of influencing a person’s mood. People start to feel unhappy and unaccomplished because they have the tendency of concentrating on what other people have or what they do. Instead we should be focusing on self-awareness and self-improvement.
The result underlines the fact that 18 percent of the candidates changed their perspectives on life when they decided to quit Facebook.
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