Research has found Facebook to affect the mental health among individuals. A study, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, has related quitting Facebook to higher levels of mental wellbeing. Scientists from the University of Copenhagen conducted the respective research. They have found that Facebook browsing elevates the level of stress among individuals.
Facebook has grown as an addiction, especially among the young generation. People entertain themselves by browsing Facebook, whether at home or work. Although it is a fun-filled source of communication across the world yet, scientific research finds Facebook stressing.
1095 volunteers were recruited for the study. All of them were separated into two groups. One of the groups, the treatment group, didn’t use Facebook at all for a week. On the other hand, the second group served as a control group and its participants used Facebook in routine.
How does the study relate to Facebook and stress?
The basic aim of the study was to determine the negative impacts of Facebook on its user’s mental health. The researchers compared data from both the control and treatment group.
The results of the study revealed that 87 percent of the participants from the treatment group made it, to quit Facebook, the full week. Moreover, these participants reported a higher level of happiness than the control group. After one-week of experimentation, 88 percent of the treatment group stated that quitting Facebook made them happier, compared to 81 percent from the control group.
Note that the findings of the research also showed that,
- About 39 percent of Facebook users were reported to feel less happy than their friends.
- At least four out of 10 users feel jealous of the apparent success of others.
- Facebook users are at 55 percent greater risk of feeling stressed and depressed.
Moreover, the results also revealed that the participants of the treatment group, who went on a Facebook detox were more concentrated on their tasks. They stated that they wasted less time on social media. The volunteers, who took a break from Facebook, were 18 percent more likely to feel present in the moment.
Thus, the research concludes that quitting Facebook has a two-fold favorable effect on the mental health of individuals. It promotes a sense of satisfaction, making one experience more positivity.
These effects were more noticeable among heavy Facebook users, passive Facebook users, and users who envy others on Facebook.
Some useful tips for going on a Facebook detox
Following are some useful tips that may help people to quit Facebook and improve their mental health.
Deactivate your Facebook accounts at first. Plus, uninstall all the social media apps that you use. When you uninstall the apps or deactivate your accounts, you won’t get notified about the people and friends using them. This will save the time you waste on keeping an eye on other’s activities.
It isn’t a lie that Facebook eats up time. Try to indulge yourself in any other worthwhile activity, when you feel the urge of using social media apps. Divert your mind to some useful mental or physical activity. Try to find hobbies that teach you new skills or engage your brain in arts and crafts, reading, or sports.
In order to reduce the temptation towards Facebook or other social networking sites, block all social media sites on your computer, laptop, or devices.