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Why Are We Still Using Facebook?

By Derrick Broze

Facebook has concurred what mixed studies have reliable – the social network has a bent to make users depressed, stressed, and envious.

After years of studies indicating to disastrous practice for users of Facebook, the social media hulk has finally conceded that users may knowledge durations of unhappiness or depression. “In general, when people spend a lot of time passively immoderate information — reading but not interacting with people — they report feeling worse afterward,” Facebook wrote in a new blog post patrician “Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?”.

Facebook mentions a University of Michigan study patrician “Passive Facebook use undermines affective well-being: Experimental and longitudinal evidence.” In the study students were incidentally reserved to review Facebook for 10 minutes. The students who only corkscrew reported feeling in a worse mood by the finish of the day when compared to students who talked to friends and posted on Facebook. The blog post also mentions a study from UC San Diego and Yale which found that people who clicked on about 4 times as many links as the normal person, or who favourite twice as many posts, reported worse mental health than normal in a survey.

The blog also records that a study conducted by Facebook and Robert Kraut at Carnegie Mellon University found that people who sent or perceived some-more messages, comments and Timeline posts reported improvements in social support, basin and loneliness.

Simply broadcasting standing updates wasn’t enough; people had to correlate one-on-one with others in their network. Other peer-reviewed longitudinal research and experiments have found identical certain advantages between contentment and active engagement on Facebook.

Facebook concludes their post by stating that their investigate and the educational novel “suggests that it’s about how you use social media that matters when it comes to your well-being.” Interestingly, Facebook’s solution to disastrous romantic responses caused by too much Facebook is fundamentally to use Facebook some-more mostly and in a some-more social manner. Facebook writes:

According to the research, it really comes down to how you use the technology. For example, on social media, you can passively corkscrew by posts, much like examination TV, or actively correlate with friends — messaging and commenting on any other’s posts. Just like in person, interacting with people you caring about can be beneficial, while simply examination others from the sidelines may make you feel worse.

Although Facebook is only now publicly deliberating the effects of the social network being so heavily intertwined with billions of people’s lives, there have been studies examining the issue given at slightest 2013. Reuters UK reported that a organisation of researchers from the Institute of Information Systems at Berlin’s Humboldt University found that “one in 3 people felt worse after visiting the site and some-more discontented with their lives, while people who browsed but contributing were influenced the most.”

“We were astounded by how many people have a disastrous knowledge from Facebook with enviousness leaving them feeling lonely, undone or angry,” researcher Hanna Krasnova told Reuters.

According to a 2014 study published in Computers in Human Behavior, many users are not very social when using social media, selecting instead to passively devour information. The study, “Facebook’s romantic consequences: Why Facebook causes a diminution in mood and since people still use it,” found that this leaves users feeling emptied and dissatisfied. Users gifted a decrease in mood after spending time scrolling by Facebook. The mood decrease was not prevalent during browsing the Internet in general. The researchers trust people leave Facebook feeling as if they squandered their time and this causes them to feel unhappy for being unproductive.

Another study published in the Jun 2016 issue of Current Opinion in Psychology found that Facebook contributes to enviousness of friends and could lead to depression. A Feb 2017 study, titled “Association of Facebook Use with Compromised Well-Being: A Longitudinal Study,” argues that using Facebook frequently can have a disastrous outcome on a person’s good being. “Exposure to the delicately curated images from others’ lives leads to disastrous self-comparison, and the perfect apportion of social media communication may detract from some-more suggestive real-life experiences,” the report says.

In the report “Seeing Everyone Else’s Highlight Reels: How Facebook Usage is Linked to Depressive Symptoms,” researchers investigated how social comparison to peers by Facebook interactions competence impact users’ psychological health. The investigate provides justification that people feel vexed after spending a vast volume of time on Facebook. The problem was again attributed to comparing oneself to others.

Indeed, the regard over Facebook use was recently echoed by Sean Parker, Facebook’s first president. Parker was speaking at an Axios eventuality at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia when he discussed the origins and implications of Facebook:

“The suspicion routine that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them … was all about: ‘How do we devour as much of your time and unwavering courtesy as possible?’” Parker said.

“And that means that we need to arrange of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, since someone favourite or commented on a photo or a post or whatever,” he told Axios. “And that’s going to get you to minister some-more content, and that’s going to get you … some-more likes and comments.”

Parker added: “It’s a social-validation feedback loop … accurately the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, since you’re exploiting a disadvantage in human psychology.”

“The inventors, creators — it’s me, it’s Mark Zuckerberg, it’s Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it’s all of these people — accepted this consciously,” he said. “And we did it anyway.

As Aaron Kesel recently remarkable for Activist Post,

This is also not the first time Facebook has been outed for utilizing perception. In 2014 they were unprotected for blatantly targeting human emotions in an examination but their users’ knowledge:


Facebook suggested that it had manipulated the news feeds of over half a million incidentally comparison users to change the series of certain and disastrous posts they saw. It was partial of a psychological study to inspect how emotions can be widespread on social media. (Source)

The implications of these studies should not be ignored. The world’s largest social network is already a partner of the U.S. supervision and maintains close relations with comprehension agencies around the world. The fact that we also know the height is harming us on an emotional, psychological, and presumably even devout level, should not be taken lightly.

Image credit: Anthony Freda Art

Derrick Broze is an inquisitive publisher and autocracy activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of 3 books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1, Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2 and Manifesto of the Free Humans.

Derrick is accessible for interviews. Please hit Derrick@activistpost.com

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