Facebook Makes Us Feel Bad About Our Lives
Those who use it more often think others are happier: study
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2012 1:31 PM CST
Updated Jan 15, 2012 7:00 PM CST
In this file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shows Timeline during the f/8 conference in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – One quick way to feel better about your life: Delete your Facebook account. Or, at the very least, spend less time on it. A new study suggests that the more you use Facebook, the more likely you are to believe that your friends are happier and lead better lives than you, Miller-McCune reports. Also contributing: the number of Facebook "friends" you don't actually know. The more of them clogging up your news feed, the more likely you are to think others are happier than you.

"The more hours people spent on Facebook, the stronger was their agreement that others were happier," the paper reads. Similarly, those who used Facebook more were less likely to agree with the statement, "Life is fair." The author of the study thinks this is all due to "correspondence bias," in which we assume others are happy based on the happy pictures and happy status updates they post—without taking into consideration that it may all be for show. But those who spent more time socializing with friends in real life were less likely to think others lead happier lives, indicating that real-life get-togethers can be a good reality check.

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Cat-Lover
Jan 16, 2012 8:18 PM CST
I was on Facebook for, like, two months a few years back. I began to hate people. I couldn't believe people can be so boring. I didn't envy them. I'm sorry I ever knew 'em.
KyleBoiler
Jan 16, 2012 7:55 PM CST
dumb. TV and just going out can have the same effect. Why do you think people buy things to show status. to make others feel bad.
MDD
Jan 15, 2012 10:45 PM CST
Never was and never will be on FaceBook! Hate all the Companies that want you to go on Face Book and "Like" them!!