According to new research, deleting Facebook will make you a happier person.
By Staff Writer – November 19, 2015
Deleting Facebook will make you happier, according to a study by Copenhagen’s Happiness Research Institute.
The institute’s recently-published Facebook Experiment investigated the affects of the social media platform on 1,095 people.
94% of these people visited Facebook every day before the experiment began, while 78% spent at least 30 minutes on the service each day.
The test subjects were randomly divided into two groups: one was allowed to continue to use Facebook, while the other was banned from the service for a week.
No Facebook equals a happy life
The study found that those who did not use Facebook for a week had a “significantly higher level of satisfaction” than before.
Those who had gone off Facebook said they felt happier and were “less sad and lonely”.
The Facebook Experiment
The study showed that the no-Facebook group members experienced an increase in social activity and satisfaction with their social lives.
Their concentration also improved, along with a decrease in stress levels. Also noted was that the no-Facebook group members felt they wasted their time less.
“Instead of focusing on what we actually need, we have an unfortunate tendency to focus on what other people have,” stated the study about Facebook users.
Not the first anti-Facebook study
This is not the first time Facebook has been linked to a negative emotional and behavioural change in users.
A report by BuzzFeed, quoting several studies, stated there are multiple downsides to using the service. These include:
- Seeing your ex on Facebook restricts personal growth and emotional recovery.
- In 2011, 33% of divorce papers in the US and UK cited Facebook.
- Passively scrolling through your Facebook Newsfeed is proven to increase feelings of loneliness and isolation.
- According to research by the University of Chicago, Facebook was said to be more addictive than cigarettes.
- In 2014, the average Facebook user spend 75 minutes on the site per day – equalling 19 days a year.
The Facebook Experiment
Effects not just emotional
It’s not only your emotions which will be affected by Facebook. According to research reported on by Men’s Journal regarding the impact of Facebook on users’ physical health, the social media service can impact your immune system.
“It can inhibit the release of growth hormones, impair digestion and vision, limit thinking and kill creativity, and affect sleep patterns and happiness,” stated the report.
In 2012, Anxiety UK conducted a survey on “social media use and its effects on emotions”.
The survey found that 66% of participants “reported difficulty relaxing and sleeping after they used [social media] sites”, while more than half felt “worried or uncomfortable” when they could not log onto their social media accounts