Skip to comments.Is Facebook envy making you miserable?
Posted on 01/27/2013 6:18:24 PM PST by Sir Napsalot
(Reuters) - Witnessing friends' vacations, love lives and work successes on Facebook can cause envy and trigger feelings of misery and loneliness, according to German researchers.
A study conducted jointly by two German universities found rampant envy on Facebook, the world's largest social network that now has over one billion users and has produced an unprecedented platform for social comparison.
The researchers found that one in three people felt worse after visiting the site and more dissatisfied with their lives, while people who browsed without contributing were affected the most.
"We were surprised by how many people have a negative experience from Facebook with envy leaving them feeling lonely, frustrated or angry," researcher Hanna Krasnova from the Institute of Information Systems at Berlin's Humboldt University told Reuters.
"From our observations some of these people will then leave Facebook or at least reduce their use of the site," said Krasnova, adding to speculation that Facebook could be reaching saturation point in some markets.
Researchers from Humboldt University and from Darmstadt's Technical University found vacation photos were the biggest cause of resentment with more than half of envy incidents triggered by holiday snaps on Facebook.
Social interaction was the second most common cause of envy as users could compare how many birthday greetings they received to those of their Facebook friends and how many "likes" or comments were made on photos and postings.
"Passive following triggers invidious emotions, with users mainly envying happiness of others, the way others spend their vacations and socialize," the researchers said in the report "Envy on Facebook: A Hidden Threat to Users' Life Satisfaction?" released on Tuesday.
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I would be interested to know some demographic statistics of the 600 test subjects. Can the majority of those be young immature and (mostly) women?
Yeah, my friend has a doublewide and I have only a singlewide.
Naaaaaaaaaa.......I just steal my grandkid’s pictures AND! My new “humor me” is going to Feinstein’s page and read the thousands of people who are REALLY REALLY mad at her.
Try it! ;)
Frankly, no. When I see pics from a friend in an exotic location, I feel like I got to go there on an armchair ride. I enjoy it. I love seeing photos of my friends’ kids and sharing mine. What I hate about FB are all the ads, the threats to privacy, etc. I love the people connection, hate FB itself for its intrusiveness.
I was dragged to FB by friends years after most of them. I have come to like seeing what is up in real time. It’s not a time waster because if I’m busy I don’t go on it. I don’t regret it and it doesn’t make me envious. I like my life.
Ooh, BG! I am gonna go look right now!
Nah... It makes me hate cats even more...
And no one ever lies on FB
You’ll enjoy yourself! No need to comment... just read.
They are MORE in your face than we are here, by far.
The place that’s being taken over, little by little, by conservatives, probably posting under pseudo names.
If Envy rules your life, it does not take Facebook to cause the damage to your life.
I like FB to see what the grandkids are into.
I also heard from my daughter that FB is losing it’s attraction for the teens.They’re into something else,(the name escapes me).
I had given it 5 years,maybe I was wrong.
No envy here never visit the place!
I’m so jealous....I only have a half-wide.
I canceled FB when my fat unwanted Ex’s started showing up.
Facebook is the stupidest thing anyone ever thought up!
A gigantic "new media" entity that the Baraqqis have used (along with Google and Wikipedia) to plant their "progessive" theology deep into America's youth. Ignore it at your risk.
>>Yeah, my friend has a doublewide and I have only a singlewide<<
But enough about wives...
I respond to friends vacationing in Europe not to tell the entire world you’re not at home at the moment!
A place where people tell each other the nature and venues of their bowl movements.
This is accompanied by something called “tweeter” or something like that where such information is conveyed in real time along with GPS coordinates.
It seemed to work pretty well for Baraq.
Nope. I had an account for about a week to see what it was, and, after confirming my suspicion that it was a giant waste of time, I deleted it.
“It seemed to work pretty well for Baraq.”
If it’s used by his voters that proves it’s stupid!
Yeah posting personal inane actions on the Internet is rather a giant waste of time.
I see what you did there.
Its lack of popularity certainly proves your point.
Our preacher was talking about some study, retreat or something. And about how important it is to join in stuff like that to share your faith and your lives. “And you know - your REAL life. Not your Facebook life.”
The same person got me to join Facebook also got me to join here.
The old friend that is currently traveling in the south pacific and posting pictures is also sharing her progress with breast cancer. She has a friend caring for her dogs while she is gone. She has also posted pictures of her dogs. No one is breaking into her house while she is gone.
I use facebook to post negative articles and other nasty information about Dear Leader. I do my best to get the majority of my family and freinds to “unfriend” me, but they just hang in there. I’m very careful about posting only that information which is verifiably correct, and I explain how each report and story will directly affect them, in a personal way. Some of the younger nephews/neices have started to chime in with questions. It’s a start.
This is a link to FreeRepublic’s facebook page.
I’m with ya on that.
Why would I be envious of my friends? I don’t have non-friends on FB, so when I see them going on some nice vacation I am happy for them. Usually they go someplace I wouldn’t because it is not my cup of tea.
No Myface for me.
I have GOT to SAVE that!!! I’ve seen it before but keep forgetting to. :)
Hey! Hi there, al. Baby! :)
Just customer service Ma’am.
My GS’s sent me things that way before ... and I keep forgetting to save the link.
Yea for YOU cuz now I can turn around and mess with him.
You are correct. I need to get a life. ;)
I got hooked into it a few years ago by some relatives; but as soon as I could find a way out and off that I took it. - A friend’s DIL would post photos of her house, redecorating projects on FB, would post what time they were going somewhere, where they were going, and when they’d be back. Then, one day, they were robbed. I guess that learnt her. - I never really got all that good at “blocking” this one and that one, posted often, so guess lots of people thought me uncool - which I guess I am. It was a while before I finally figured out that some “friends” delighted in blocking me, and also posting “hot” little photos of their grandkids. That always puzzled me why they’d do that.
No god damn way I would sign on to that or any other face book!!!
Facebook. Where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the kids are above average.
It’s internet high school.
I have a couple of Fakebook friends, a pair whom I actually have met and know, unlike most of my “friends”, almost all of them in fact, who are both well-to-do independent professionals in the medical trade, and who like to travel and post cheesey pictures of themselves posing in exotic locations. They’ve been everywhere, man. I don’t ever envy them, only question their sanity,patience and tolerance of discomfort (without of course telling them that.)
I'm not on F.B. but I do use the internet and everybody knows that if it's on the internet, it has to be the truth and F.B. is on the internet, so they have to go by the same rules.