A University of Michigan study reported in August that Facebook makes users unhappy. The researchers polled 82 college students and concluded that the act of browsing other people’s highlight reels and comparing them to their own humdrum existences led to depression and loneliness. But that study was hardly fair, nor a reasonable representation of the 700 million daily Facebookers.
Is there a correlation between happiness and frequency of Facebook posts? Yes, according to a study by the University of Michigan, released Wednesday, which found that the more people used the social network during a specified time period, the worse they felt.
College freshmen who reported high levels of anxiousness and alcohol use appeared to be more connected with Facebook, while those who reported high levels of loneliness and anxiousness use the social network to connect with others, according to the results of a recent study.
Facebook may have some negative effects on our mental well-being, but can posting status updates regularly make a person feel less lonely and more connected to the world? Researchers studied a small group of University of Arizona students, seeing how Facebook affected their moods, and finding that those who posted more frequently didn’t feel as lonely.