Because 1.3 billion people use Facebook, it is very popular. It is nice to like someone’s photos and to share yours. But, many people spend too much time on this social media service. Actually, people who spend some time every day on Facebook, lose 10% of their life on this website! Because many people use it for different purposes, Facebook has both, positive and negative effect on people. The negative effect is related to happiness. Many people who use it are less happy. The positive side is that Facebook makes many people more socially connected and more trusting.
One recent study, conducted at the University of Houston, a team was led by Mai-Ly N. Steers, tried to understand the connection between social comparison, Facebook and happiness. They monitored the depressive symptoms and Facebook usage of a group from the Southwestern University. The discovery is fascinating. The more time a person spends on Facebook, he/she has stronger depressive symptoms. They are linked to how often that person compares themselves with other people on Facebook. This study also included people with depression, who compare themselves with other people on Facebook. The results were even worse. After analyzing data, researchers concluded that looking at someone’s photos from holiday, job and spouse, generate the stream of opportunities and that the stress of comparison makes us depressed.
The question is, will people who aren’t in college have the same symptoms. There is still no answer. Because the social comparison is an automatic process, a person cannot turn it off. This means, despite an individual doesn’t want to compare himself to others, he will do it.