Studies have associated social networks with positive and negative impacts on emotional health. Studies have associated Facebook with feelings of envy, often triggered by vacation and holiday photos.
Other triggers include posts by friends about family happiness and images of physical beauty—such feelings leave people dissatisfied with their own lives.
A joint study by two German universities discovered that one out of three people were more dissatisfied with their lives after visiting Facebook, and another study by Utah Valley University found that college students felt worse about themselves following an increase in time on Facebook.
Professor Larry D. Rosen stated that teenagers on Facebook exhibit more narcissistic tendencies, while young adults show signs of antisocial behaviour, mania and aggressiveness. Positive effects include signs of "virtual empathy" towards online friends and helping introverted persons learn social skills.
A 2020 experimental study in the American Economic Review found that deactivating Facebook led to increased subjective well-being.
In a blog post in December 2017, the company highlighted research that has shown "passively consuming" the News Feed, as in reading but not interacting, left users with negative feelings afterwards, whereas interacting with messages pointed to improvements in well-being.
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