I have noticed a direct correlation between the time I spend on FB and my
overall happiness. When I am active - and posting - on FB, I check it more
often to see if anyone has responded to my comments or posts. Those responses
either make me feel validated or disappointed by the response (or lack thereof).
When I spend little to no time on FB, I am happier and more connected to real
life. I keep my account, however, because it allows me to maintain contact with
friends that I don't see very often and wouldn't have contact with
otherwise - and to see what my teens are up to online. I see FB as both a
blessing and a curse, and like most everything in life, moderation is the answer
I love Facebook, it lets me be part of the lives of family members that live in
other states or countries. I don't sugarcoat my life, I regularly post pics
where you can see the mess in the background. I have no interest in being fake
on Facebook, I wish others felt the same way.
I really hate Facebook. My wife has an account and I have a page for my
business so I have to look at FB almost daily. FB does really work for
Business. I think that the more people post stuff on FB the more depressed they
are and it's an act of desperation. I have a family member that gets mad
when people don't like her posts. I feel like it's high school for
adults, just a "See I have a better life than you" place. What's
funny is when people post stuff on how great their day at the lake was and they
say "lovin Life" but you know they are going through a divorce. Maybe
Good article. I find, that friending a person with a different age
or marital status than my own allows me to peek into their world. It's a
newsy thing, part of understanding others.
The only way it makes me unhappy is I'm so disappointed to see people give
up so much privacy so willingly, and to waste so much time, and to be so
conceited as to think people care about the all the trivial stuff they share.
Never had an account never will.People that use these sights need to start
working harder at work, or need a job.You know how many marriages have
been broken up over these type of sights?
I'm surprised that apparently nobody considered the possibility that people
who are already unhappy use Facebook more in a misplaced attempt to gain more
happiness, turning the assertions in the article on their head. I don't
know that you can draw the conclusion that Facebook use *causes* unhappiness in
most otherwise emotionally stable people, just because there is a correlation
between unhappy people and Facebook use.I have a Facebook account
which I check 3-4 times per week, but I don't have many "friends"
and they are all people who I either know very well in person and/or are family.
In general, my experience has been positive, and I've been able to build
meaningful relationships with far-flung family members with whom I otherwise
would have little opportunity to interact. I do agree that there is no
replacement for face-to-face communication, or even a phone call.
I deleted my account 2 years ago and my happiness has greatly increased! Nothing
beats face to face communication and personal interaction. Dropping facebook
allowed me to shift my focus back to the things that really matter.
I, for one, couldn't be any happier since I deactivated my Facebook
account. Like many, I was lured into FB so I could look up family and friends,
but that proved to be the downfall of my marriage. Finally, I just grew tired of
all of the crap folks were posting, or re-posting that added little to no value
in my life. And what made me close out my account lastly was the amount of time
spent reading the endless drivel (yes, I posted a lot of this drivel too).
Goodbye Facebook. I don't miss you at all.