Study summary: Facebook makes you unhappy and jealous


    Study summary: Facebook makes you unhappy and jealous

  • 1 550 Danes didn't use Facebook for 1 week

    The study involved 1095 Danes. Half of them were asked not to use Facebook for 1 week.

  • 2 Happiness Research Institute conducted the study

    The 2015 study was done at the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark. It was published on their website.

  • 3 Almost all participants used Facebook every day

    94% of participants reported using Facebook each day.

  • 4 'Non stop great news channel'

    The Institute called social media a non stop great news channel whose edited posts distort our perception of reality. See also why is Facebook so addictive

  • 5 Test group reported greater life satisfaction after 1 week

    The group without Facebook reported a higher level of life satisfaction after one week. See also why is Facebook so negative

  • 6 Facebook users are more jealous

    50% of Facebook users envied the #amazing posts. 30% envied #happy posts and 40% envied the #success posts others made. See also why do people become jealous of others

  • 7 Test group reported better concentration

    The group without Facebook reported having easier time concentrating. See also why is your attention span getting shorter.

  • 8 Frequent Facebook users are more stressed

    People who used Facebook frequently were 55% more likely to feel stressed.

  • 9 Test group felt less time was wasted

    After 1 week, the group without Facebook felt they wasted their time less. See also why do people procrastinate

  • 10 Facebook users focus too much on what others have

    The researchers conclude that instead of focusing on what we actually need, we have an unfortunate tendency to focus on what other people have. See also why do people become jealous of others