Facebook might be one of the top three tech companies to work for but it’s not as great for people who use it.
In fact, it’s the other way around.
Unlike the general perception that Facebook helps ‘connect’ and ‘socialize’ people, the social media platform is reportedly adding stress and loneliness to users’ lives more than ever.
If you agree and are looking for an excuse to unplug, here are ten reasons that will definitely help you out.
1- You May Not Realize It, But You’re Having Low Self-Esteem Issues:
It works like slow poison. You look at other people’s profile pictures pretty much all the time if you’re logged in – which, by the way, is also pretty much all the time.
Soon enough, you start finding flaws with yourself and begin looking for products that pretty brunette uses to keep her skin healthy.
Over half of the 600 participants in the research said that viewing online photos, selfies, or albums of other people left them wishing for better physique and facial features etc. It has even more of a negative impact on users’ self esteem – especially the younger ones – than a fashion magazine.
2- Or It Might Just Be The Other Way Around:
If you’re worried that your daily make-up selfies are not getting as many likes or comments as they were before, chances are you might be the Facebook narcissist everyone has grown tired of.
As one paper concluded, vain people use Facebook as “a technologically enhanced mirror, reflecting a preoccupation with one’s own image, others’ reactions to this image, and a desire to update the image as frequently as possible.”
Yep, you have a problem.
3- It Makes You Lonely And Depressed:
It’s kind of ironic that a “social” media network would make you feel lonely. But it’s true, unfortunately.
In fact, it’s making us lonelier than ever and tons of studies have proven this fact.
Published in the journal PLOS One, a research found that Facebook use leads to declines in moment-to-moment happiness and overall life satisfaction.
"There's a huge amount of interest ... because Facebook is so widespread. With something like half a billion people who use Facebook every day, understanding the consequences of that use on our well being is of critical importance,” said research co-author John Jonides, a University of Michigan cognitive neuroscientist.
In fact, according to a recent analysis, the more people share, the lonelier they are.
4- And Jealous:
Do you feel guilty when you get those pangs of jealousy while browsing through your office acquaintance’s vacation albums? Don’t worry. It’s but natural and you’re not alone.
Researchers found out last year that a “spiral” of envy develops when you see your Facebook friends doing interesting stuff that you either can’t, have always wanted orwould never be able to do.
It’s harmful because it will eventually lead to point #1 and #3.
5- It’s Addictive:
It’s not only making you miserable but also eating up most of your time and energy without you even knowing it.
“Texting and checking Facebook and Twitter come in just below sex and sleep on impossible to resist urges,” according to a study from Chicago University.
It could lead to poor performance at school, college, work and even home. Soon enough, there’ll be proper Facebook rehabilitation centers in the world. Mark my words.
6- It’s Probably Reducing Your Attention Span:
This is, perhaps, one of the most dangerous consequences of the social media website that keeps on tweaking its newsfeed for users almost each year.
We might not be able to feel it right now, but in the coming years, it will have a rather devastating effect on our reading habits.
Lady Greenfield, professor of synaptic pharmacology at Lincoln College, Oxford, and director of the Royal Institution foretold in 2009 that experiences on social networking sites such as Facebook "are devoid of cohesive narrative and long-term significance. As a consequence, the mid-21st century mind might almost be infantilized, and characterized by short attention spans, sensationalism, inability to empathize and a shaky sense of identity".
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7- Can Damage Your Relationship/s:
Another ironic feature of Facebook is that it might not be beneficial or healthy for relationships, especially romantic ones.
“Previous research has shown that the more a person in a romantic relationship uses Facebook, the more likely they are to monitor their partner’s Facebook activity more stringently, which can lead to feelings of jealousy,” said Russell Clayton, a doctoral student in the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism, referring to a study released last year.
“Facebook-induced jealousy may lead to arguments concerning past partners. Also, our study found that excessive Facebook users are more likely to connect or reconnect with other Facebook users, including previous partners, which may lead to emotional and physical cheating.”
8- It Makes Break-Ups Harder:
If you think posting Bob Dylan’s “Don't Think Twice It's All Right” on your wall would help you in either getting back or forgetting your ex then you’re wrong.
“Digital dumping” can be a tormenting experience.
In a paper titled "Design for Forgetting: Disposing of Digital Possessions after a Breakup", researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz found that people are struggling to handle digital possessions after a breakup.
"You have stuff that relates to that person all over your digital devices,” explained psychology professor Steve Whittaker of the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom.
So, if you were planning on posting John Mayer’s “Heartbreak Warfare” next, please don’t. You’ll only hurt yourself. Get off Facebook as soon as you can.
9- It Might Make You Nosy – An Online Nuisance Or A Creep:
Facebook recently rolled out a new feature that – quite frankly – no one needed: the ability to ask or rather pester your contacts for information they deemed too personal to share on the site.
This addition is called “Ask”, which appears in your Facebook friends’ “About” tab.
Basically, you can ask someone about their relationship status without prior warning – which is, quite obviously, super creepy and inappropriate.
Who knows when you might feel the urge to use the option? Stay away.
10- It Knows Way Too Much About You:
Privacy is by far the most documented issue as far as Mark Zuckerberg’s digital baby is concerned. You fear someone might be stalking you on Facebook when – ironically enough – the biggest stalker could be the network itself.
To cut it short, you can read a comprehensive list of things Facebook knows about you here.
This is the information that you inadvertently reveal to the website. It contains many things that you would never tell a random stranger yourself. However, Facebook knows it all.
Feeling creeped-out yet?
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