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Facebook makes you more sad, says the sciencie

Can you imagine a billion people sad? Those are the people who use Facebook on a daily basis and Facebook makes you sad. How? Several scientific studies provide data on them.

Facebook makes you waste time.

The most popular social networks, Facebook, perhaps not as social. According to a study published in 2014 Computers in Human Behavior only 9% of the activity of a Facebook user involves direct communication with another user. The remaining time consuming and watching contents reviewing publications, and often randomly without definite direction. This passivity with which we get information not covaries positively with our personal satisfaction.

In the study of Computers in Human Behavior participants they experienced a decrease in their mood while browsed Facebook, unlike what happened when they were surfing the Internet. When we sailed, we do our own will and purpose, not because it will appear that shows Facebook content that does not depend on us. The same happens now with Youtube videos. It is not uncommon to look a Youtube video of an interesting topic and end up watching videos of kittens falling asleep or something else so little transcendent. Procrastination is underway.

The feeling that we are wasting time while we’re on Facebook, that remorse for the lack of productivity is what makes us feel sad after closing session. Recall that our time is the most valuable.

Facebook generates insane jealousy.

Another study by mid-2016 published in Current Opinion in Psychology entitled The Interplay Between Facebook use, social comparison, envy, and depression (The interaction between the use of Facebook, social comparison, envy and depression) indicates that envy Facebook your friends you can generate depression. Perhaps it is a bit exaggerated, but the truth is people usually only up to Facebook their states and happier photos.

Everyone seems happy while your life looks like shit. That picture kissing your partner, these family holiday. Often even published with some hypocrisy looking the like, although with pout perched just be a brief moment and within a few seconds’re already discussing with your partner. What they seem happy! not often share the bad times, or at least they behave is looking for immediate feedback of mind. Social comparisons generate envy that increase the chances of generating a depression.

Why are we using Facebook as well?

Although the view certain content and passivity of the information we receive, 70% of Facebook users continues to review their updates daily. Yes, people keep coming even if you have the typical friend who says that “No, if Facebook do not use it” and then not to give likes shared by the youtuber shift or the last publication of hypnotic pages to videos as Cabronazi.

Affective prediction.

This is the psychological term that explains that continue using Facebook. Affective prediction is the process of predicting how future events will affect our emotional well-being. People often use the emotional prediction to make decisions. When we entered Facebook thought to be a little more connected will make us feel better, because surely something interesting appears before our eyes. Unfortunately, what is really happening is that you’re robbing yourself time to enjoy other activities. This becomes a loop and the cycle repeats.

Our feelings in this blind us in the way we will make future decisions. For example, a person who is reviewing Facebook posts of the girl who likes waiting to see a picture that reveals that has left him with her current boyfriend instead of speaking directly, even for the chat.

Facebook recognizes that affects you.

The good thing is knowing consciously recognize that Facebook can damage your emotional well-being, even after reading some similar to this article. This brief reflection will allow you to stay alert about your activity on social networks. Take control.

  • Limit your travel senseless Facebook posts and pages suggested meaningless. Watch a funny video is fine. See 30 not.
  • Do not make social comparisons. Easy to say no? The reality goes beyond the brief moment pout face and legs wearing a lost sun beach. You also have good times and does not share missing in Facebook. As we said, people sometimes published in search of reinforcement and those people who seem the happiest actually what they want is a little love and immediate feedback with the likes craved. And the more the merrier. Your likes are given in real life.
  • Compare yourself with yourself, with the person you were yesterday.

Not everything is negative on Facebook. Clearly that can serve as a great tool for communication, interaction and even training and support. The case is to use efficiently and with a clear purpose magic tools that Internet offers. For example, if you want to train in psychology and follow updates from this website a day you can follow us on Facebook;)

References:

Psychology Today.

Science Direct

Sobre el autor

Iván Pico

Graduado en Psicología (UNED). Nº Colegiado G-5480. Diplomado en Ciencias Empresariales (USC). Máster en Psicología del Trabajo y las Organizaciones. (INESEM). Máster Universitario Oficial en Orientación Profesional (UNED). Posgrado en Neuromarketing (Universidad Camilo José Cela). Técnico Deportivo Nivel II, fútbol sala (RFEF). Especialista en Psicología Aplicada al Deporte. Etc, etc…
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