Using the social media Facebook can be bad for users, the social media giant has admitted recently.
A host of compelling information was revealed by in a recent post, including the impact on the mood of the users, by Facebook’s director of research David Ginsberg and research scientist Moira Burke. The post attempted to addressed questions about how Facebook impacts the users and their moods.
“University of Michigan students randomly assigned to read Facebook for 10 minutes were in a worse mood at the end of the day than students assigned to post or talk to friends on Facebook,” the blog post said. “A study from UC San Diego and Yale found that people who clicked on about four times as many links as the average person, or who liked twice as many posts, reported worse mental health than average in a survey.”
A user can end up having a bad mood if the user mindlessly browses through the feed or continues to click on posts and reads them. This is what was made of the postings by experts.
Facebook found that “people who sent or received more messages, comments and timeline posts reported improvements in social support, depression and loneliness” after conducting a joint study with Carnegie Mellon University for obtaining more insight on the issue. Similarly, the study found that there were “boosts in self-affirmation” for those students at Cornell who browsed their social media accounts for 5 minutes and viewed their own profiles, Facebook said. on the other hand, those students who did looked at profiles of other people did not gain self-affirmation.
This means that here can be a positive impact on users who make use of Facebook to engage with and interact with other users compared to those who only use Facebook to just browse through the contents. This conclusion was arrived at after the University of Michigan analyzed the study.
Social networks such as Facebook are “ripping apart” society and are “starting to erode the social fabric of how society works”, said former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya, recently. And the latest blog post from Facebook is believed to be related to those allegations by Palihapitiya, However, those remarks have been withdrawn by Palihapitiya since.
Facebook wants to help people reduce the time they spent on Facebook go to waste by simply browsing and ultimately, feel worse after and for this purpose, the social media giant is planning make use of the recent study data for working towards encouraging the users to engage in more social interaction on Facebook.
(Adapted from CNBC)