Is using Facebook making you envious?

How you use the social networking site can affect your wellbeing


Is using Facebook making you envious?

Do you ever feel like you aren’t yourself after you log onto Facebook? Does the green-eyed monster appear, perhaps, or your inner gremlin start taunting you about not being as busy/popular/happy as your friends?

It’s a feeling many of us have, but researchers are now suggesting we take a second to ask how we actually use the social networking site. In a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, it was found that people who passively browse Facebook feeds – just reading what other people have posted – have more feelings of envy, which leads to reduced wellbeing.

However, by actively participating on the site – via commenting and posting – especially with people we know well, these same feelings do not occur.

We can decide how Facebook makes us feel? Let’s get posting!

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