Research has found that people who use Facebook are likely to feel sad later on that day
Emily is editorial assistant for CorpComms Magazine
Facebook has been found to make people sadder, according to a recent study.
People who use Facebook in the morning feel sad later on that day but the results also show that they feel more dissatisfied with life the more they use the site.
The study, Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults conducted by Ethan Kross, associate professor at the University of Michigan's Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory, found loneliness to be a significant factor affecting Facebook use.
The more lonely people feel, the more likely they are to turn to Facebook. However, this only leads to them feeling worse, regardless of how many online friends they have.
However, the study also found that the mood of those people likely to feel sad after using Facebook lifts when they engage face-to-face with friends.
Kross said: 'On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling such needs by allowing people to instantly connect. Rather than enhancing well-being, as frequent interactions with supportive “offline” social networks powerfully do, the current findings demonstrate that interacting with Facebook may predict the opposite result for young adults—it may undermine it.'