Is Facebook making you happy?

k-bigpicI don’t think it’s groundbreaking news that using Facebook can make you unhappy. Steven Furtick was quoted across the world last year when he said that Facebook makes us unhappy because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.

But it’s not all bad news. A bunch of studies  have suggested that Facebook only makes us unhappy when we use it passively, i.e. when we just scroll down the news feed to see what everyone else is doing. Those who share photos, like and comment on people’s statuses, and post interesting links are made happier by the whole experience.

There’s a whole bunch of research on this which I don’t have the time to wade through, but here are a handful of links I found which dig into this a bit more. Enjoy them, and why not share them on Facebook?

And while you’re about it, please like my page. Here are the links – they become steadily more academic the further down you go:

http://blog.crazyegg.com/2013/10/24/social-media-myths/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonuq7JZKXonjHpfsXw7ukrXbHr08Yy0EZ5VunJEUWy3IAIStQ%2FcOedCQkZHblFnVsKTa2vTaUNqqEJ

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/16/223052837/whether-facebook-makes-you-lonely-depends-on-how-you-use-it

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/09/the-real-reason-facebook-makes-us-unhappy.html

http://aisel.aisnet.org/wi2013/92/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20950180

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