Does Facebook make you unhappy?

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  • NWestie Hillsboro, OR
    Oct. 9, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    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 for me.

  • Lindsay Payson, UT
    Aug. 19, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    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.

  • JP71 Ogden, UT
    Aug. 19, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    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 it's therapeutic.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Aug. 17, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    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.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Aug. 16, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    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?

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    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.

  • Way of the Warrior ARLINGTON, WA
    Aug. 16, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    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.

  • CWJ Layton, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    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.