While social media can provide you with publicity it can also bring pitfalls
- Facebook has acknowledged that too much social media can be detrimental to a people’s mental health.
- The company is coming under increasing scrutiny about its impact on society.
- A former Facebook exec recently said social networks are “destroying how society works.”
Facebook director of researcher David Finsberg and research scientist Moira Burke, hypothesize that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison,and perhaps even more so than offline, since people’s posts are often more curated and flattering.
Facebook also cited research showing the positive impact of social media. “In sum, our research and other academic literature suggests that it’s about how you use social media that matters when it comes to your well-being.”
“In general, when people spend a lot of time passively consuming information — reading but not interacting with people — they report feeling worse afterward. In one experiment, University of Michigan students randomly assigned to read Facebook for 10 minutes were in a worse mood at the end of the day than students assigned to post or talk to friends on Facebook. A study from UC San Diego and Yale found that people who clicked on about four times as many links as the average person, or who liked twice as many posts, reported worse mental health than average in a survey. Though the causes aren’t clear, researchers hypothesize that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison — and perhaps even more so than offline, since people’s posts are often more curated and flattering. Another theory is that the internet takes people away from social engagement in person.”
But Facebook also counters this with evidence that engaging with others online “is linked to improvements in well-being,” and that Facebook can have other positive impacts.