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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 ...


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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.

.


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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To: Sir Napsalot

I respond to friends vacationing in Europe not to tell the entire world you’re not at home at the moment!


21 posted on 01/27/2013 6:47:43 PM PST by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

>>What’s Facebook?<<

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.


22 posted on 01/27/2013 6:47:43 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: dalereed

It seemed to work pretty well for Baraq.


23 posted on 01/27/2013 6:49:11 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Sir Napsalot

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.


24 posted on 01/27/2013 6:51:41 PM PST by Trod Upon (Civilian disarmament is the precursor to democide.)
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To: nascarnation

“It seemed to work pretty well for Baraq.”

If it’s used by his voters that proves it’s stupid!


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

AAHH..No.


26 posted on 01/27/2013 7:12:36 PM PST by deweyfrank
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To: Trod Upon
"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."

Yeah posting personal inane actions on the Internet is rather a giant waste of time.

27 posted on 01/27/2013 7:17:49 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

I see what you did there.


28 posted on 01/27/2013 7:19:47 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Nik Naym

29 posted on 01/27/2013 7:21:20 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: dalereed
Facebook is the stupidest thing anyone ever thought up!

Its lack of popularity certainly proves your point.

30 posted on 01/27/2013 7:25:10 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. ¬ó Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: WKB

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.”


31 posted on 01/27/2013 7:25:35 PM PST by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

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.


32 posted on 01/27/2013 7:25:39 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: Sir Napsalot

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.


33 posted on 01/27/2013 7:28:37 PM PST by Greenpees (Coulda Shoulda Woulda)
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To: EQAndyBuzz; Brad's Gramma
What’s Facebook?

Your answer is just a click away.

34 posted on 01/27/2013 7:29:44 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. ¬ó Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: dalereed

This is a link to FreeRepublic’s facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/26012226159/


35 posted on 01/27/2013 7:30:23 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: Yaelle

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.


36 posted on 01/27/2013 7:30:39 PM PST by Betis70 ("Leading from Behind" gets your Ambassador killed)
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To: Sir Napsalot

No Myface for me.


37 posted on 01/27/2013 7:32:29 PM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Hi Gramma


38 posted on 01/27/2013 7:37:30 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Eaker

I have GOT to SAVE that!!! I’ve seen it before but keep forgetting to. :)


39 posted on 01/27/2013 7:39:03 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: al baby

Hey! Hi there, al. Baby! :)


40 posted on 01/27/2013 7:42:21 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Just customer service Ma’am.

Nothing more.

;<)


41 posted on 01/27/2013 7:44:26 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. ¬ó Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Eaker

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. ;)


42 posted on 01/27/2013 7:47:46 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: pepperdog

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.


43 posted on 01/27/2013 8:04:58 PM PST by Twinkie (JOHN 3:16)
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To: ThomasThomas

No god damn way I would sign on to that or any other face book!!!


44 posted on 01/27/2013 8:17:16 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Sir Napsalot

Facebook. Where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the kids are above average.

It’s internet high school.


45 posted on 01/27/2013 8:25:42 PM PST by lurk
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To: Mears
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).

Is it tumblr? I saw some online denizens mention that site a while back as a replacement for FB.
46 posted on 01/27/2013 8:35:37 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: Sir Napsalot
Photobucket
47 posted on 01/27/2013 8:41:34 PM PST by baddog 219
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To: Sir Napsalot

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.)


48 posted on 01/27/2013 8:48:57 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
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...H*ll, I've been experiencing the same thing for years after visiting FR.....
49 posted on 01/27/2013 9:02:37 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: WKB
And no one ever lies on FB

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.

50 posted on 01/27/2013 9:07:00 PM PST by Graybeard58
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