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Facebook study on happiness

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Interacting on social times and how they effect your happiness. Very interesting.
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Interacting on social times and how they effect your happiness. Very interesting.
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So what they found was that when people use Facebook mawr between two time points, they were less happy at the second time point. So using Facebook made people more worried, feel lonelier, report less happiness. You know that the next time they were surveyed, and then they did a separate analysis where they averaged together, Facebook used over all the times that people did the survey across the studies 14 days, and they found that people who use the Facebook who used the Facebook, who used Facebook the most over the course of the study reported being less happy at the end of the study. And interestingly enough, they actually kind of decompose some of these ratings. So they looked at well being. You know, how good people felt or how happy people were, and then they controlled for some of them or specific questions like How lonely do you feel? And they found that Facebook use predicted feeling less happy at the end of the study, even controlling for people's ratings of loneliness at the end of the study and throughout the study. And so it wasn't just that people who were using Facebook we're lonelier because they were, you know, they didn't get to interact with people in person. On they did the same thing, actually for in person interactions. And this had the exact opposite effect. So in person interactions, predictive people feeling better at the end of the study and using the same different score approach as the Facebook analysis. So, in other words, like interacting with more people between three and 5 p.m. Predicted feeling happier at 5 p.m. So it's It's been seven years now since this article was published and it was a really short announced. This is a very short article and actually I have a friend who was part of this paper. She was a research assistant in the lab, and she said that it was a really difficult article to publish because, you know, this was back when people were trying to figure out whether social media analysis was like part of psychology or whether it wasn't really relevant to the
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