A study recently reported that users who are accessing Facebook frequently are much likely to report feelings of depression. The study was conducted by surveying 736 college students from a large Midwestern university who used Facebook on an average of two hours every day. The students who took part of the survey are of average age of 19 and consisting of seventy-eight percent of white Americans and 68 percent are females.
Some of the survey questions indicate how much the participants use Facebook and what they do on the social network. On top of that there are also questions such as what is the rate that they agreed with statements which links to envy such as “I generally feel inferior to others” or “It somehow does not seem fair that some people seem to have all the fun”. Furthermore, there are also questions which are linked to depression such as “I was bothered by things that usually don’t bother me” or “I talked less than usual”.
The researchers concluded that despite heavy usage of Facebook does not linked directly to depression, however, frequent users who experienced feeling of envy is more likely to correspond to statements which linked to depression. One of the reasons could be that they are comparing their own lives with their friends’ photos of luxurious holidays or status updates about good news and so on.
The positive result of the study is that the users can avoid the negative impact of Facebook usage by the way they consume the information. As long as they think positive about it, then things should be alright. The research team published their result in February edition of the journal Computers in Human Behaviour.