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Facebook Experiment - social media is a downer, study finds.

SOCIAL media use has a detrimental impact on the quality of our lives a new study by the Happiness Institute has found.

The independent think tank got 1095 people from Denmark to participate in their study 'The Facebook Experiment'.

Facebook experiment

"In this experimental study we wanted to test if Facebook use affects our subjective well-being," The Happiness Institute wrote in its report on the study.

The participants were split into two groups, the Control Group - who continued to use Facebook as usual- and the Treatment Group - who didn't use Facebook for a whole week.

"After one week we asked all of them to evaluate their lives again," the report said.

The study found that people in the Treatment Group reported a significant increase in the level of life satisfaction after abstaining from Facebook for a week.

Before the study, The Treatment group was 7.56 out of 10 satisfied with their lives, while after the study this increased to 8.12 out of 10.

How happy were they?

On the last day of the experiment, both groups were asked how happy they were.

The Treatment Group reported to be 88% happy, while the Control Group was 81% happy.

Both the satisfaction with their social Life and their social activity also increased for the Treatment Group.

After one week without Facebook the Treatment Group also experienced less concentration difficulties.

Also, after one week without Facebook the Treatment Group felt they wasted their time less.

For more information visit http://www.thehappinessresearchinstitute.com.

The Facebook Experiment statistics

  • 94% of participants used Facebook daily
  • 86% of participants check their news feed often or very often
  • 78% of participants used Facebook for more than 30 minutes a day

Study findings

  • People on Facebook are 55% more likely to feel stressed
  • Five out of 10 envy the amazing experiences of others posted on Facebook
  • One out of three envy how happy other people seem on Facebook
  • Four out of 10 envy the apparent success of others on Facebook
  • People on Facebook are 39% more likely to feel less happy than their friends


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