We know! Social media is an explosive playing field.While it’s been dominated fairly consistently by Facebook during the late 2000’s.Since then it has over ruled a major portion of human life .
Every month, 1.65 billion people actively use the social media site Facebook. On average, each user spends 50 minutes using the site daily, which doesn’t sound like that much until you consider it’s more time than is spent on any other leisure activity except for watching TV.
Lurking on Facebook May Make You Depressed
A University of Copenhagen study suggests excessive use of social media can create feelings of envy and makes you depressed .
Spend any time on Facebook and you’ll be inundated with photos and posts depicting other people’s seemingly perfect families and lives. Such posts can induce feelings of envy and lead to unrealistic social comparisons that in turn bring down your mood and level of well-being. It can even lead to depression.
A new study further revealed causal evidence that “Facebook affects our well-being negatively.” Facebook users who took a one-week break from the site reported significantly higher levels of life satisfaction and a significantly improved emotional life, the study revealed.
Such gains were greatest among heavy Facebook users, those who used the site passively (lurking but not necessarily interacting with others) and those who tended to envy others on Facebook.
If you’re a regular Facebook user interested in increasing your well-being, it might not be necessary to quit the site for good, however. The researchers suggested making adjustments in your usage behaviour could be enough to prompt positive change.
Social Comparison May Be the Root of Facebook’s Evil
University of Houston researchers also explored Facebook’s emotional effects and found a link between usage of the site and symptoms of depression, which, among men, was associated with the tendency to make social comparisons (i.e., to compare yourself with others).
In a second study, however, it turned out that social comparison was significantly associated with depressive symptoms in both men and women.
It’s previously been shown that upward social comparisons (comparing yourself to someone more successful or attractive than you) tend to make people feel worse, while downward comparisons may make you feel better.
“You should feel good after using Facebook … However … the unintended consequence is that if you compare yourself to your Facebook friends’ ‘highlight reels,’ you may have a distorted view of their lives and feel that you don’t measure up to them, which can result in depressive symptoms.
If you’re feeling bad rather than good after using Facebook excessively, it might be time to reevaluate and possibly step away from the keyboard.”
To be fair, Facebook isn’t all bad, especially if you’re able to use it in moderation and keep others’ posts in perspective.
Downfalls of Social-Media Usage at night-time !
Many are not aware that nighttime use of social media is linked to sleep problems. Overall social media use, and especially nighttime use, was associated with poorer sleep quality, lower self-esteem and higher levels of anxiety and depression among 12- to 18-year-olds, according to research presented at a British Psychological Society (BPS)
On one hand, people are staying up late to respond to messages and monitor what’s happening on social media so they don’t miss out. People may also be woken up by social-media messages they receive. On the other hand, even the light emitted from a smartphone, computer or tablet could be interfering with your sleep.
Melatonin is a regulator of your sleep cycle, and when it is suppressed there is less stimulation to promote sleepiness at a healthy bedtime.
Computer screens emit blue light, to which your eyes are particularly sensitive because it’s the type of light most common outdoors during daytime hours. As a result, checking social media at night can easily disrupt your melatonin production and keep you awake.
Facebook Induces You to Spend More Time on Their Site
“Facebook, naturally, is busy cooking up ways to get us to spend even more time on the platform. A crucial initiative is improving its News Feed, tailoring it more precisely to the needs and interests of its users, based on how long people spend reading particular posts
For people who demonstrate a preference for video, more video will appear near the top of their news feed. The more time people spend on Facebook, the more data they will generate about themselves, and the better the company will get at the task.”
It’s important to be aware too, for yourself and your children, that using Facebook exposes you to a lot of advertising — advertising targeted to your habits and interests.
Facebook uses a sophisticated algorithm to track your interests, who you talk with and what you say, and includes information about your age, gender, income level and a phenomenal number of other specifics that allow advertisers to target exactly who they believe will click on their ads.18 While some ads may be harmless, others, like drug ads, can have more sinister effects.
Facebook is even allowing drug companies to sponsor community pages designed to bring together people with similar medical conditions for which the pharmaceutical company offers a pill. Although these community pages have existed in the past, Facebook is now assisting the drug companies to design promotions targeting groups.
Keep it in your control !
So, while social media sites like Facebook can provide a wonderful platform for friends and family to socialize and share photos and events, it’s important to keep their use in perspective. Pay attention to how such sites make you feel, and if you feel worse after browsing Facebook, consider signing off permanently.