More bad news for Facebook users.
According to a recent Facebook study from the University of Michigan, the more time people spend on Facebook, the more likely they are to report feeling down, or less satisfied with life.
The study involved 82 undergrads living near campus and was conducted via text message. Rather than have students sit down and answer survey questions, the researchers pinged survey participants throughout the day for two weeks.
The more students reported using Facebook, the more negatively they felt following Facebook use.
Researchers say they surveyed college students because they tend to be heavy users of Facebook. I suppose time and future studies will confirm whether these results are consistent across different ages and life stages.
Considering that other Facebook studies have shown Facebook causes envy and triggers feelings of misery and loneliness, I tend to believe these findings are not isolated to college students.
Interestingly, another study conducted by a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University showed that well-being improved among Facebook users, but only when they were communicating with close friends or loved ones (not the hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of Facebook friends whom they’ve never actually met).
I left Facebook in December 2012.
While I did re-join when I became a Udemy Faculty Member in April (the Udemy faculty groups are on Facebook and it’s the only way I can communicate with other faculty members and Udemy staff), I do not maintain a personal Facebook profile, I do not have “friends”, and I do not make posts other than sharing my blog posts on my business pages.
I basically do not use Facebook for anything personal. And for me, that seems to have eliminated most of the negative aspects of Facebook.
While I do wish I could live completely without Facebook, I recognize the rest of the world is there and at least right now with the business ventures I’m involved in, it helps to be there even if on a very limited basis.
So yes, after 8 months, I do still believe my life is much better without Facebook. And I don’t miss it at all. When I encounter research like this study, my decision is reinforced even more. Because it shows that what I experienced personally, was not isolated to just me.
How about you?
Please post a comment and share. I’d love to hear how you feel about Facebook. Do you use it? Does it improve your life, or take away?