The Dangers of ‘Facebook Envy’

Facebook userBy Laura Christianson

I read an intriguing new study about Facebook this week.

Apparently, after we peruse our Facebook news feeds, we often feel envious of our Facebook friends who brag share about the wondrous places they’re visiting, the cool friends they’re hanging out with, or the amazing success of their latest (fill-in-the-blank).

When we look at other people’s updates, we think, “They have a better life than I do.” And we get jealous. Angry. Exhausted. Frustrated. Irritated.

These negative feelings can trigger depression, sleeplessness… even death. (Ok, I made that last line up. All those TV commercials for prescription drugs are rubbing off on me.)

The study does, however, conclude that Facebook creates a “stressful environment, which may, in the long-run, endanger platform sustainability.”

Let’s discuss this, friends. How do YOU feel after you’ve checked your Facebook News Feed?

Joyful… satisfied… informed?

Stressed out… lonely … envious?

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(Thanks to PR Daily News Feed and Forbes for inspiration for this post.)

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