ISLAMABAD: Facebook is there to help you stay in touch with your near and dear ones, but there are consequences to its consistent use, including a “lowered life satisfaction of basic psychological needs and dampened mood”, according to new research.
“There is a link between a dampened mood and Facebook,” informed Austrian psychologists Christina Sagioglou and Tobias Greitmeyer, Viral Global News reported.
During the three-phase study, they first analysed 123 German speaking active Facebook users. Most of them showed a mood decline after spending time on Facebook, including a sense of growing loneliness.
In the second phase, 263 people volunteered through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk programme.
The findings once again displayed a mood decline in those visiting Facebook.
In the last phase, 101 active Facebook users were asked if logging into Facebook would make them happier or feel down.
Most of the participants reported feeling worse and lonelier when they logged off, the study reported.