Does Facebook make users envious and dissatisfied?

Brandon got accepted into a PhD program. Maurice has an adorable toddler who’s learning how to walk.Rosalyn is expecting another beautiful bundle of joy. Tomika is traveling the world and posting pics of her exotic adventures. Tiffanie got engaged and is flashing a gorgeously unique ring.Emily bought a palatial new house with her husband. Sheedah just finished her master’s degree.Cheresa is a newlywed after eloping to Vegas with her boo thang. Jeremy and his wife are in the hospital celebrating the birth of their new baby. And Janelle finally tracked down this nail color I’ve been waiting to be restocked at the local Rite Aid. Hot diggity damn

Does participation in social networks cause ency and dissent after all? This very interesting survey contacted by Humboldt University in Berlin suggests that it does.

+ One-Fifth of all recent online/offline events that provoked envy among the 600 respondents took place within a FB context.
+ The leading envy provokers in Germany related to “Travel and Leisure”. Who’s not to envy a luxurious ski-trip to the Alps anyway?
+ Researchers were able to establish a negative link between envy that arises while on Facebook and users’ general life satisfaction.
+ Passive use of Facebook increases invidious emotions which in turn make users unhappy with their lives.

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