Want to Boost Your Mental Health? Take a Break From Facebook
Source: Teach Journalism
A new study finds that taking a break from Facebook for a week might just make you feel happier. The study, published in the journal Cyberphysiology, Behaviour and Social Networking split people into two groups. The first group continued with their Facebook surfing, as usual. The other group quit using the social media site for a week. Before the study, the participants were asked questions to determine their levels of loneliness, happiness, depression and anger. The results from the study were astonishing. After just a week, the participants that had quit Facebook cold-turkey, the participants were better off in several ways. They reported feeling more satisfied with life and had higher levels of well-being than the control group.
So, why do people use Facebook and other social media sites if it is so detrimental to mental health? Part of the problem is that people overestimate how much happiness they will get out of surfing the site. They assume that they will be happier but, in fact, they are much unhappier. This may explain why the site is so addicting to users. So, how can you reduce your Facebook use? It might be a good idea to start small. Cut back a little each day and spend more time on spending face-to-face time with friends.