Facebook reveals whether using social network site affects YOUR mental health

Facebook admits that spending time on social media can make you feel worse

Facebook admits that spending time on social media can make you feel worse

Facebook has admitted that social media can be bad for you, in a move described as a "pretty big deal" by one tech commentator.

That's why observers were surprised by an unusual company blog post Friday that highlighted some of the potential harm of using the social media service.

Referencing a number of scientific studies that have raised critical questions including, "Do people connect in meaningful ways online?"

Online services such as Facebook and its Instagram unit, Twitter Inc, Snap Inc's Snapchat and Alphabet Inc's YouTube are under attack for their seemingly addictive nature and perceived promotion of anti-social behaviors.

The company acknowledged that people are anxious about the short- and long-term effects of Facebook use on young people.

However, descriptions of the research experiments that have been conducted that reveal negative outcomes, are summed up in a section titled, "The bad" and referenced throughout the post.

"Just like in person, interacting with people you care about can be beneficial, while simply watching others from the sidelines may make you feel worse".

"Though the causes aren't clear, researchers hypothesize that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison - and perhaps even more so than offline, since people's posts are often more curated and flattering".

The acknowledgement is interesting considering where it's coming from - and has not gone unnoticed.

The blog post is entitled 'is spending time on social media bad for us?' and looks at the link with mental health.

"On the other hand, actively interacting with people - especially sharing messages, posts and comments with close friends and reminiscing about past interactions - is linked to improvements in well-being", the researchers said.

Facebook, in a corporate blog post, said that social media can be good for people's well-being if they use the technology in a way that is active, such as messaging with friends, rather than passive, such as scrolling through a feed of other people's posts.

However, the company says that studies have shown that interactions and active engagement on Facebook has been shown to improve mood and social support in users.

"Facebook has always been about bringing people together" but has also become "a place for people to come together in times of need, from fundraisers for disaster relief to groups where people can find an organ donor". Use Facebook more and with friends and family.

The site has also implemented "Snooze", an option to hide a person, Page, or group temporarily, "Take a Break", a tool created to limit interaction with exes on Facebook, and suicide prevention tools that use artificial intelligence to detect suicidal posts faster. It pledged $1 million toward research to "better understand the relationship between media technologies, youth development and well-being".

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