Being A Facebook Wallflower Isn't Good For You, The Social Site Says

Being A Facebook Wallflower Isn't Good For You, The Social Site Says

Being A Facebook Wallflower Isn't Good For You, The Social Site Says

Passively scrolling through your Facebook news feed to see who is getting married or enjoying the holiday of a lifetime may make you feel bad, the blog post says.

Facebook's response was the second time in a week that the social media giant has engaged with Palihapitiya's comments, though the debate is only one facet in a wide-ranging discourse that is now taking place in the technology industry, specifically in relation to social media. Another study by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, published in April 2016, suggest that adults who spend more time on social media platforms are more likely to feel depressed.

Facebook has admitted social media can be bad for your mental health but claims the remedy to feeling blue is to post on its site more often.

. But it swoops back in to assert that science shows that as long as you use it in the right way, social media actually makes everyone feel much better. "In one experiment, University of MI 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".

Why it is so is not clear, but researchers believe that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison - and perhaps even more so than offline, since people's posts are often more curated and flattering.

"Another theory is that the internet takes people away from social engagement in person", the company stated.

"At the end of the day, we're committed to bringing people together and supporting well-being through meaningful interactions on Facebook".

In fact, they called for deeper engagement with social media, stating that "actively interacting with people - especially sharing messages, posts and comments with close friends and reminiscing about past interactions - is linked to improvements in well-being".

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What is surprising, though, is why Facebook is suddenly weighing in publicly on the mental health concerns associated with using Facebook.

A few days ago, a former Facebook executive accused the social network of having a harmful effect on society, saying that he has "tremendous guilt" for helping make Facebook into what it is today.

FACEBOOK INC. defended its social media platform against criticisms from the scientific community and tech industry insiders who have said that the site and social media networks as a whole have fundamentally affected the fabric of how we express ourselves and behave. It also points to its own research that shows improvements in well-being from interacting with close friends online. It went on to cite other studies suggesting that the dangers of social media may be exaggerated, and that it has potential benefits if used correctly.

Yesterday (Dec. 15), a odd post went up on Facebook's corporate blog.

However, descriptions of the research experiments that have been conducted that reveal negative outcomes, are summed up in a section titled, "The bad" and referenced throughout the post.

"Facebook's business model depends on monopolizing consumer attention, and content that appeals to fear and anger is the most profitable way to do that", said Roger McNamee, a venture capitalist and an early Facebook investor, in an email to Reuters on Friday.

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