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


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40 Responses to "Facebook Causes Depression New Study Says"

  1. Julie   April 30, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I also have to say that I find it infuriating that Facebook and Twitter allow Jihadist and pedophile accounts. Ugh.

  2. Julie   April 30, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I just found this article. I started to wonder if it was just me. My child said that they unfortunately worked through this “liking” (essentially ranking) of posts when they were teenagers. And many of them have dropped it now. I just started FB a couple years ago and what started out as fun had become exhausting and frustrating.
    I can see that I am more conservative in viewpoint than most of my friends, thanks to all the world events, and this has only served to help me feel alienated (how can one feel conservative anyway when they are pro-choice, gay supportive…?) I also see that I study things (for better or worse than lots of people) and feel frustrated when people superficially put up these virtue signalling type posts.
    A tendency to depression and anxiety doesn’t help things but I think I have to leave it. I have lost respect for a lot of people for various reasons that become very apparent on this media (narcissism, ignorance, sheepleness…)

  3. marywilkinson2009   August 17, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Yes, my sister and I hate each other, now I am flooded with these wedding pictures of family back east and happy faces! Family love! Smiling faces! I literally, although I would not do it, feel like slashing my wrists! All I need is more pics of family, fun, and smiling faces! I am definitely getting off the social media site!

  4. Tony   February 8, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Yes I think it’s my time to go.As an anxiety sufferer and also battling with depression, Facebook is not really a good place to be.Reading this article has made me realise it’s not just me and how certain things on Facebook can trigger things off..We all see at some point , crazy posts ,attention seekers ,nastiness and depressing posts ..Time to go for a long break..

  5. AMY GRISSOM   February 5, 2015 at 1:21 pm


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  7. Ryder   December 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Yes I quit Facebook 3 years ago after deciding initially to just stop for a 2 week ‘holiday’ and I can’t say I miss it. I was concerned about the negative impact it was having on my mental health and this article conveys these feelings well. I would add that the quality of my interactions with friends improved because not knowing their news instantly made me more inquisitive and more likely to phone them or visit. Also I don’t seem to miss out on events etc because my improved interactions mean I hear anyway. I’m not going back on.

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