Facebook currently has more than2
billionactive monthly users, which makes it the
most popular social network by a large margin. The much-discussed
Cambridge Analytica scandal may have damaged Facebook’s reputation, as
well as its shares — which have, asTimenoted,posted
their steepest dropsince 2015 — but how does
Facebook affect our mental health and well-being?
Vanman and Rosemary Baker from the University of Queensland, and
Stephanie Tobin from the Australian Catholic University have attempted
to answer this question. In a study recentlypublishedin
of Social Psychology, titled “The Burden of Online Friends,” the
authors explore the effects of giving up Facebook on stress and
the experiment, Vanman, Baker and Tobin recruited 138 active Facebook
users. Participants were then separated into two groups, which the
authors have decided to refer to as “Facebook Normal” and “No Facebook.”
Sixty participants were instructed to quit Facebook for five days, and
78 of them were instructed to continue using it as normal. Each
individual was surveyed prior and after the experiment. Vanman and his
colleagues measured salivary cortisol, perceived stress, and well-being,
and asked each participant a series of questions regarding mood,
loneliness, and life satisfaction.
researchers concluded the following.
to those in the Facebook Normal condition, those in the No Facebook
condition experienced lower levels of cortisol and life satisfaction.
Our results suggest that the typical Facebook user may occasionally
find the large amount of social information available taxing, and
Facebook vacations could ameliorate this stress — at least in the
not surprisingly, those in the “No Facebook” control group spent more
face-to-face time with their friends.
however, after taking a five day break from Facebook, many participants
were happy to return to it, even though using the social network caused
stress. In other words, the reduction in cortisol levels was evident
even after five days, but some individuals felt like they were “missing
author of the study Eric VanmantoldPsyPostthat
the effects of Facebook on one’s cortisol levels and overall mental
health and well being need to be explored more. “We don’t know long it
takes to get this reduction in cortisol or when it would start to
increase again before someone decided to get back on Facebook. For
example, it could be that being off Facebook for the first few days
reduces stress, but, the longer one feels like he or she is missing out,
cortisol starts to increase again.”
is popularly referred to as FoMO — the Fear of Missing Out. A 2013study
on this subject, published inComputers
in Human Behavior,defined the phenomenon as a “pervasive
apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from
which one is absent, characterized by the desire to stay continually
connected with what others are doing.”
and his colleagues suspect these effects are not unique to Facebook, but
also assert that a much bigger study, in which the effects of social
media on cortisol levels would be studied, is needed. Their preliminary
findings, however, suggest that there is indeed an interesting link
between stress and social media. That is why, Australian researchers
claim, short breaks or “vacations” from Facebook might be a good idea.
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