Study: Spending time on Facebook makes people unhappy

A new study suggests that the more time people spend on Facebook, the less happy they are.

The Happiness Research Institute surveyed 1,095 people in Denmark, and found 94 percent of them used Facebook daily. Then, it split the people into two groups that had an average age of 33. One group continued on using Facebook as normal, while the other stopped using it all together.

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A week later, 88 percent of those not on the social media site said they were happy, compared to just 81 percent of those still on Facebook who said they were happy. In addition, 84 percent of the nonusers said they appreciated their lives, compared to the 75 percent of the Facebook users who felt the same.

Only 12 percent of those who didn't use Facebook over the week said they were "dissatisfied," where as 20 percent of the Facebook users said they felt that way. The Facebook users were also 55 percent more likely to feel stressed.

The study concluded that those not on Facebook had a richer social life and fewer difficulties concentrating. The authors also indicated that Facebook might be an unhealthy way for people to dwell on how their lives aren't as good as others on Facebook.

"Instead of focusing on what we actually need, we have an unfortunate tendency to focus on what other people have," the authors of the study wrote.

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