Continuous jealous of Facebook friends brings depression

February 5, 2015 12:32 pm

Surprised? Being jealous of friends leads to depression,
researchers claim.Most people log on to Facebook to see what friends are
doing, only to feel envy at someone’s great new job, another person’s
happy relationship or our former classmate’s big new house.Though it may
seem harmless,researchers say it could be damaging to our health.

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have found that the
social network can lead to depression, especially amongst those who use
Facebook to size other people’s lives up against their own.Though it has
it’s advantages like chatting up old friends and staying intouch, if
used to size up ones accomplishments, it can cause damage ..Professor
Margaret Duffy,said..

‘If it is used as a way to size up one’s own accomplishments against
others, it can have a negative effect,’ ‘If Facebook is used to see how
well an acquaintance is doing financially or how happy an old friend is
in his relationship – things that cause envy among users – use of the
site can lead to feelings of depression.It is important for Facebook
users to be aware of these risks so they can avoid this kind of
behaviour when using Facebook.’

Facebook members were particularly stressed when their friends posted
pictures of luxurious holidays, or used the social network to boast
about new houses or expensive cars, the study found.

However, Professor Duffy said Facebook users could protect themselves
against depression by remembering that many of their ‘friends’ on the
social network are painting a rosy picture of their lives and they only
post the beautiful parts of their lives.

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