Facebook Causes Depression New Study Says

Facebook Causes Depression New Study Says

Today, yet another study emerged that proves Facebook causes depression, and the more someone uses it, the more depressed he or she becomes. This new study comes from the University of Michigan, where researchers observed 82 Facebook users during a two week period. They found that the more time a person spends on Facebook, the more his or her feelings of well-being decrease and feelings of depression increase.

Ethan Kross, the lead researcher on the project, explained, “On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling such needs by allowing people to instantly connect…Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it.”

Furthermore, Kross went on to say, the more time someone spends on Facebook, the worse their mood outcome:

We were able to show on a moment-to-moment basis throughout the day how people’s mood fluctuated depending on their Facebook usage. We measured lots and lots of other personality and behavioral dimensions, like, for example, frequency of Facebook use, but none of the factors that we assessed influenced the results. The more you used Facebook, the more your mood dropped… The negative effect of Facebook use on happiness became more pronounced the more you interacted with other people within that time frame.

In fact, not only does Facebook cause depression, it also causes what’s known as the “fear of missing out.” This is marked by the feelings of inadequacy someone experiences when they see members of their social circles posting photos of fabulous vacations, expensive purchases and even adorable children. Feelings of jealousy and resentment often pervade when observing the positive things in others’ lives.

While this study sample happens to be very small, there have been numerous other studies that prove the same phenomenon. In Sweden, researchers at the University of Gothenburg studied 1,011 people and found “results showed that Facebook usage had a significant negative relationship with self-esteem. In other words, the results indicated that users who spend more time on Facebook have lower self-esteem.”

Those researchers on that study did note, though, that after adjusting for certain factors, the significance of the self-esteem piece became correlative rather than causal, because the lack of self-esteem could be caused by other things such as gender or low socioeconomic status.

Besides low self-esteem and depression, Facebook has also been proven to cause narcissism. In a study done at the University of Michigan, researchers found that older or middle-aged users were more likely to fuel their narcissism by using Facebook, posting pictures of themselves and “curating their own image” to “gain approval from their peers.”

So Facebook makes us depressed and narcissistic, and harms our overall self-esteem. Setting studies aside for a moment and speaking on an anecdotal level, how does it feel when you post a status update and no one responds? Or how about when you post an achievement you won, an article you wrote, or an artwork you completed, and a “friend” says something nasty about it? Have you ever stayed awake longer than you should have because of something someone said to you (or about you) on Facebook? When thinking about how these feelings can compound over time, it is rather easy to see how terrible Facebook can make us feel.

A new study says Facebook causes depression. Maybe it’s time to click to close button on Facebook and have more real-life interactions from now on.

By: Rebecca Savastio

(op-ed)

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12 Responses to Facebook Causes Depression New Study Says

  1. Depressed FB User March 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I just deactivated my account after a bout of suicidal feelings, and to be honest, I miss it. Even though I wasn’t appreciated or the fact that my own “friends” would call my body disgusting, I keep thinking up statuses and I can’t stop. I can’t even use any other social media sites, because let’s face it, the world of social media is cruel and distant and not at all personal. Anyway, I totally agree with the article, I just wish I could share it on facebook so people would know what I’m going through. I’ve never had many friends, and you know, 80 friends on facebook is better than none, right?

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  2. Fatima January 24, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    im out of facebook, i mean yur torally ryt , i ddnt want to make a fb at the begining , but all my friends were like we r in 21th centurey who dosen’t have a fb?, & then i have to make one , cause most of the Drs at uni depend on fb as an electronic gate that the student could get their books links, slides … etc from it , but i do believe in yur study & actually i have posted this study on my wall lol , btw m a student from the middle east & my major is Pharmacy , so i will check fb only for 1 hoiur & only for the scientific groups , thnk u alot , nw i have a real reason for leaving fb

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    • Fatima January 24, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Srry , correction *Totally *century * hour

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    • bill smith February 1, 2014 at 9:17 am

      I’m sorry, but what language are you typing in? I tried looking up some of the words in the dictionary, but didn’t find half of them, a little help please.

      Reply
  3. Heather December 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Of course, I never would’ve read this article, if I hadn’t seen it posted on FB!

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  4. asdfemale October 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

    yep totally agree. hence why i quit/deactivated facebook 3 months ago – and havent gone back. strange, or not so strange, thing is… not once have i had the urge or even desire to look. and i feel so much better for it. all the whingeing that went on in my feed. get a grip i thought. ended up deletin ppl as a result.

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  5. Christine October 11, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    No more facebook. I promise.

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  6. lynn September 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I agree with this post. With the woman above, concerning your sister. I don’t talk to some family members because the are overtly showing others they like a stranger’s post and leave nothing on mine. Never a mention or liking my picture’s. But my cousins and sister in law will make time for each other. I think Facebook reveals the truth because people find it easier to be fake face to face. Facebook you can ignore someone then fall back on ” your taking it wrong” So if youre making time with others and not your sister I understand why she doesn’t talk to u

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  7. Whyme September 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I agree 100% – MY OWN SISTER doesn’t speak to me anymore – and it all started because I WORK and didn’t have time to “like” ever mindless post of her and her daughter and the pictures of the kid eating a stick of butter – NOW she hates me, because on FACEBOOK she is thin, successful and a great person and I DEAL IN REALITY…. OH WELL – thanks Facebook …. Hopefully her faith in the “SECRET” will see her through!

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  8. Kathleen Entwistle August 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I am hardly ever on the Facebook thing because I am going from my house to my parents because my mother is ill. The only thing I use Facebook for is my Art.

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  9. Mike August 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Indeed. I think the quality of the friendships and social networks is more important than the quantity. I know people with less than 50 Facebook friends who are much happier than people with 2,000.

    I’m trying to do something about it. Check out http://www.projectlay.com for more info.

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  10. aftab August 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Very interesting I agree with the findings

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