Thanks to the numerous studies carried out from time to time, we already know that social media has impacted our lives negatively in more ways than we can imagine. Today, however, we will be taking a look at the results of a “broad study” which concluded that Facebook indeed makes us sad.
Holly Shakya from the University of California, San Diego and Nicholas Christakis from Yale have actually said that they have carried out this broad study we have been talking about to estimate the impact of social media on individuals. The researchers claimed to have studied more than 5000 adults in the course of 3 years – i.e. 2013 – 2015 and collected information about myriad attributes including mental and physical health, general well-being, weight and so on.
Each of the individuals thus studied named four close friends and a maximum of four other friends that they usually spend time with. This was done to analyze real-world interactions. Some have opined that the results of the study are depressing to say the least. It was proved that ones who used facebook were notably unhappy. Very interestingly, the researchers noted a distinct deterioration of mental health with the increase in likes!!
Does Facebook Really Make you Sad? What do the figures say?
The observation has been duly quantified as well. It was observed that for every one per cent increase in likes, clicks on links of updates there was a reported 5 to 8% decrease in self-reported mental health. The researchers were quick to establish the consistency of the result by repeating results across the board in several ways.
Their findings would also suggest that the hindsight of using Facebook was actually proportional to the merits of offline interactions.
Is it that bad?
However, one can still take heart from the fact that one really has many friends on social media because it definitely offers a feeling of security to the ones having these many social media friends at the first place. To make the most of the benefits that the digital world has to offer spend as less time as possible here and get more out of your interactions. There is definitely a sense of social support to be enjoyed but over indulgence in conversations or chats might as well start overwhelming you after a certain point of time.
Can you agree or disagree more? What’s your personal experience with Facebook or for that matter any other social networking site?