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Facebook Use Predicts a Decline in Happiness

Posted on: August 15, 2013

A new study out the University of Michigan has determined that using Facebook is a predictor of decline in a person’s well-being.  How can this be?  It was agreed that Facebook does very well in connecting people to each other and allowing for others to ‘feel’ connected, but these connections did not translate to individuals feeling better about themselves or other aspects of their life.  As a matter of fact, the opposite occurred.  The more times a study participant used Facebook during a given interval in the study, the worse they reported feeling.  Further, at the beginning of the study, researchers asked participants to rate their life satisfaction levels. At the end of the study, the participants were again asked to rate their life satisfaction levels.  It was determined that the more a participant used Facebook during the research period, the more their life satisfaction levels declined.

The pool of subjects was small – just 82 people.  The study will be expanded to see if the same results are achieved.  Please click here for the actual study and here for the story.