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Study suggests Facebook makes users envious and dissatisfied

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Is Facebook making you hate life?  Are you jealous of your friends? 

According to a new study by German researchers, scrolling through posts of other people's vacation photos, joyful family moments and nights out on the town is taking its toll on your happiness.

If you lurk on Facebook and don't post, the impact is even greater.

The study was conducted by social scientists at Humboldt University in Berlin and Darmstadt's Technical University.

Over a third of respondents reported predominantly negative feelings, such as frustration, and researchers identified that envying their Facebook friends is the major reason.

"Although respondents were reluctant to admit feeling envious while on Facebook, they often presumed that envy can be the cause behind the frustration of 'others' on this platform - a clear indication that envy is a salient phenomenon in the Facebook context," said Project manager Dr. Hanna Krasnova.  "Indeed, access to copious positive news and the profiles of seemingly successful ‘friends' fosters social comparison that can readily provoke envy.  By and large, online social networks allow users unprecedented access to information on relevant others - insights that would be much more difficult to obtain offline."

Those who do not engage in any active, interpersonal communications on social networks and primarily utilize them as sources of information are particularly subject to these painful experiences.

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