In case you forgot it, five years ago a Facebook study...

…confirmed what was already obvious.

In case you forgot it, five years ago a Facebook study... /img/facebook-gives-depression.jpg

Five years ago, H.B. Shakya and N.A. Christakis published their study about “Association of Facebook Use With Compromised Well-Being”. Five years later, I have a tiny feeling that it may be useful to list its most interesting findings, in the simplest possible way:

  1. “overall, the use of Facebook was negatively associated with well-being”
  2. increases in the numbers of:
  • “likes clicked” (clicking “like” on someone else’s content),
  • “links clicked” (clicking a link to another site or article),
  • or “status updates” (updating one’s own Facebook status)
  • was associated with a decrease in self-reported mental health
  1. “Exposure to the carefully curated images from others' lives leads to negative self-comparison, and the sheer quantity of social media interaction may detract from more meaningful real-life experiences”

What else? Just one thing

The only, equally obvious thing that is missing from that report, and not its fault of course, is this:

those findings apply to EVERY “social media platform” that is built on the same criteria, that is user addiction.

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