Facebook makes people unhappy, study says

Bad Mood? Blame Facebook.
Bad Mood? Blame Facebook.

Feeling sad? Deleting your Facebook profile might make you feel better.

A new study conducted by the Happiness Research Institute shows that people who gave up Facebook for a week reported higher levels of satisfaction than those who continued to use the social network.

The study, conducted in Denmark, used a sample of 1,095 Facebook users split into two groups: people who continued using Facebook and those who stopped.

Overall, the Facebook users were 39 percent more likely to feel unhappy than the non-users.

About 88 percent of non-Facebook users described themselves as "happy," compared with 81 percent of the Facebook users. Similarly, 84 percent of Facebook users reported appreciating their lives compared with 75 percent of the non-Facebooking contingent.

Those who boycotted Facebook also reported having a richer social life and fewer difficulties in concentrating, while the active users did not report a difference.

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