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Is Facebook envy making you miserable?
Reuters ^ | 1-22-2013 | Belinda Goldsmith

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Weird Stuff
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Ending conclusion: "From a provider's perspective, our findings signal that users frequently perceive Facebook as a stressful environment, which may, in the long-run, endanger platform sustainability," the researchers concluded.

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?

1 posted on 01/27/2013 6:18:32 PM PST by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot

Yeah, my friend has a doublewide and I have only a singlewide.


2 posted on 01/27/2013 6:23:06 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture¬ô)
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To: Sir Napsalot

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! ;)


3 posted on 01/27/2013 6:23:22 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Sir Napsalot

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.


4 posted on 01/27/2013 6:24:34 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Brad's Gramma

Ooh, BG! I am gonna go look right now!


5 posted on 01/27/2013 6:25:55 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Sir Napsalot

Nah... It makes me hate cats even more...


6 posted on 01/27/2013 6:26:52 PM PST by ToxicMich ((If you are reading this, you are wasting your time. There is nothing here...))
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To: Sir Napsalot

And no one ever lies on FB


7 posted on 01/27/2013 6:26:57 PM PST by WKB ( Remember "Bush Lied and People Died" Now it's "People died and Obama Lied")
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To: Yaelle

You’ll enjoy yourself! No need to comment... just read.

They are MORE in your face than we are here, by far.


8 posted on 01/27/2013 6:27:22 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Brad's Gramma

What’s Facebook?


9 posted on 01/27/2013 6:29:23 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (I own a weapon to protect my family from those wanting to take that weapon away.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

The place that’s being taken over, little by little, by conservatives, probably posting under pseudo names.


10 posted on 01/27/2013 6:31:13 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Sir Napsalot
It made me feel like I was being stalked, no longer have a FB account, wish I'd never had one.
11 posted on 01/27/2013 6:31:22 PM PST by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

If Envy rules your life, it does not take Facebook to cause the damage to your life.


12 posted on 01/27/2013 6:31:44 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

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.

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13 posted on 01/27/2013 6:37:39 PM PST by Mears
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To: Sir Napsalot

No envy here never visit the place!


14 posted on 01/27/2013 6:38:06 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: steve86

I’m so jealous....I only have a half-wide.


15 posted on 01/27/2013 6:38:26 PM PST by Girlene
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To: steve86

I canceled FB when my fat unwanted Ex’s started showing up.


16 posted on 01/27/2013 6:39:53 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: Sir Napsalot

Facebook is the stupidest thing anyone ever thought up!


17 posted on 01/27/2013 6:41:48 PM PST by dalereed
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To: EQAndyBuzz
What’s Facebook?

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.

18 posted on 01/27/2013 6:41:57 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: steve86

>>Yeah, my friend has a doublewide and I have only a singlewide<<

But enough about wives...


19 posted on 01/27/2013 6:44:02 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: Sir Napsalot
i thought that was the hilton's and kardashian's job... feh
20 posted on 01/27/2013 6:44:25 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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