Facebook: A Downer?

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Many things can bring your mood down. A breakup, girl or guy drama, bad grades, gaining weight…but logging onto Facebook?? According to Stanford researchers, Facebook can make people feel unhappy. Some people are bothered by it enough that they deactivate their Facebook while going through a rough time.

Photo cred: yourcoffeebreak.co.uk
Photo cred: yourcoffeebreak.co.uk

Been through a recent bad breakup? Who would want to painfully look at the girls/guys your ex is flirting with? There is absolutely nothing private on Facebook; friendships, smiling pictures, biographical information, parties, conversations, and new relationships.  Regardless of whether or not the excitement portrayed is exaggerated, a person can know mostly everything about you from this online social network…maybe even too much.

We live in an extremely materialistic society where the gorgeous “model” appearance is valued in fashion and advertisements. It has been pointed out in studies that this may make it exceptionally difficult for women to avoid comparisons to other girls…and due to this make them irrevocably miserable.

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Photo cred: geekword.net

According to a recent issue in personality and social psychology, “Misery has more company than people think.” Researchers found that after logging onto Facebook and viewing tons of other people’s great pictures and happy statuses, one can feel like their life is somewhat pale in comparison. Are all of these people’s lives so much better than mine?  How do they have 2,000 friends?? If Facebook didn’t have everyone’s good news plastered all over the place, there is comfort in knowing you’re not the only one who doesn’t have extraordinary news happening in your life 24/7.

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Photo cred: sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net

It is not surprising that Facebook is a common addiction…it has actually been under consideration to be classified as a legitimate disorder (Facebook Addiction Disorder). Facebook is an automatic step for many of us after getting on your computer or phone. It is a common ritual for many to wake up in the morning and go straight to the computer to check what’s new on the Facebook homepage.  Facebook isn’t all bad though, it can be a great way to keep in touch with friends, especially when your high school and college friends are all over the country. It is meant to be fun and keep you connected…not to make you feel down or depressed.  If it’s bringing you down, it is time to take a break!!!

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