Social media giant Facebook just admitted via a blog post on Friday that using their platform can be bad for users, as in bad for your health, provided that you have (and use) a Facebook account. Well, bad for you in some instances, see, because technology is not good or bad per se, i.e. it depends on how you use it, so it may end up as being a benefit or a hazard. The same goes for toasters by the way.
A Facebook research scientist, namely Moira Burke and the company’s director of research David Ginsberg published an essay of sorts, in which they’ve tried to address hot issues and questions about Facebook’s impact on people’s moods and overall mental health.
Here’s from the respective blog post:
“University of Michigan students randomly assigned to read Facebook for 10 minutes were in a worse mood at the end of the day than students assigned to post or talk to friends on Facebook. A study from UC San Diego and Yale found that people who clicked on about four times as many links as the average person, or who liked twice as many posts, reported worse mental health than average in a survey.”
Basically, research claims that frantically clicking posts in your news-feed is bad for your overall mental health, and you may end up depressed or something along these lines. Facebook researchers also worked with Carnegie Mellon University in order to gather more data and they find that, let me quote:
“people who sent or received more messages, comments and timeline posts reported improvements in social support, depression and loneliness.”
According to Cornell university, students who used social media for five minutes as they were checking out their own profile saw, let me quote again, “boosts in self-affirmation”. Meanwhile, those who were looking at other profiles failed to achieve the “boost in self-affirmation”, whatever that means. What do you know, researchers found out in 2017 that people are narcissistic and envious.
The University of Michigan claims that Facebook may have a good impact on one’s mental health if used to interact with people, while just browsing the news feed is a no-no procedure. However, these studies follow the recent blog post from a Facebook former executive, who said very recently that the social media is ripping apart society and erodes the social fabric of how society works, end quote, so they may very well be a PR job. Long story short, the more immersed in social media one is, the more disconnected you’ll be IRL.