Research findings have proven that excessive use of social media without connecting with others in real life is more likely to make you miserable, a study has shown.
The study, published recently in the journal ‘Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking,’ was conducted by researchers at the University of Copenhagen on over 1000 participants, mostly women.
The results indicated that regular use of social networking like Facebook can “negatively affect your emotional well-being and satisfaction with life”.
Spending too long looking at other people’s social media posts can create “unrealistic social comparisons,” which induce a deterioration of mood and a sense of envy, it suggested.
Instead of lurking on social media, researchers encourage people to actively engage in conversation and connect with other people in real life, which seems to be a much more positive experience.
The study suggested taking a short break from social media, a week for instance, which could help improve mental well-being.