Can spending too much time with your friends be bad for your health? It may be—IF they’re all online.
Facebook builds community and connects us with family and friends. But too much time following everyone else’s life may leave you hitting the “Don’t Like” button on yours.
Many studies link low levels of contentment to the amount of time spent on Facebook. In other words, frequent users are often more unhappy.
Researchers believe the picture perfect life in many people’s posts can leave others feeling left out or dissatisfied with their own life.
Here’s what you can do to avoid the Facebook blues: limit your time online. Instead, spend time with friends and family—in person. And while you’re counting the number of friends you have or the “Likes” you received, don’t forget to count—your blessings.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Unexpected Consequences of Twitter, Facebook, and the Self-Esteem Movement?
- Social media has good and bad effects on kids
- Kids’ use of electronic media at night linked to problems
- Social media use not associated with depression
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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