Could Facebook be making you miserable?

by zachlukas on September 11, 2013 - 6:27pm

Could be facebook causing more harm than good?

The article "Could Facebook be making you miserable" focuses on the negative aspects that lies behind the wonders of social connectivity. The University of Michigan conducted a study to see how people are affected by their social network. A sample of 82 subjects were chosen for the experiment, comprising of 29 men and 53 females. The participants were initially asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding how satisfied they were with their lives and again at the end of the study. The study lasted a total of 14 days and each day, the participants were sent text messages containing links to surveys which asked questions like "How do you feel right now?", "How worried are you right now?", "How lonely do you feel right now?", "How much have you used Facebook since the last time we asked?" and "How much "direct" contact have you had with people since we last asked?" After reviewing the results of their study, they inferred that "On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. But rather than enhance well-being, we found that Facebook use predicts the opposite result - in undermines it." Although these inferences were made, it is not concluded that people use social networks more when they feel bad, which goes against their initial predictions. The researchers added "Facebook use predicts declines in affective well-being. it is possible that interacting with other people directly either enhances the frequency of such comparisons or magnifies their emotional impact."

I really enjoyed this article because it brought up many points that I overlooked and realized could relate to myself. It was a very interesting expriement that they conducted because they focused on an important social networking tool which is used my most and can affect them. The experiment could have been more valid by using an equal amount of male and female participants and by conducting the experiment longer. They used a 2 week span to research this which is somewhat short for this kind of experiment.


I Agree with you this article is very interesting and demonstrates alot of interesting facts about social media
and how connected our society is with it. I do wonder why they didn't use the same amount of male and female participants.

I agree with you too! I'm glad to see that I am not the only one who thinks that Facebook is just too bad for a social life. I mean, how many times I have accepted some people that I have never seen before, and then just delete them because they are "addict" to Facebook (making three statuses per hour). However, I found an article about fives ways Facebook ruins relationships and it makes me laugh because every little thing that the author says, I have seen it on Facebook at least one time.

The biggest people’s problem is that they are not able to manage what post is acceptable and what is not. They go with the flow, with typical hypocritical statuses about their ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, with statuses “like for like” and other stupid types that I will not name. In the article, they supposed Facebook hates relationship because all the evidences proof that they expect us to fight about every comments or posts. For example, you can hide your pictures, your statuses and whatever to only one person; but do you really think that she or he will not notice that they can’t see your things? And at that point, they are going to be angry and you are probably going to face the person at one time.

I suggest really increasing our real relationships with our family and real friends and not depending on Facebook. If someone spends all day long on Facebook expecting one person to talk to them, I am sorry, but get your ass out of your bedroom and starts talking to people. Unfortunately, it’s easier behind a computer.

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I agree with you. Sharing is important for improving friendships. But in practice, people with low self-esteem seem to behave counterproductively, bombarding their friends with negative tidbits about their lives and making themselves less likeable. I believe that social media is taking a big part of our daily routine and it might need to be reconsider because of these aspects.

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