Here’s How Using Facebook Can Make You Happier

We’re all constantly on social media keeping up with everyone’s lives.  This is both a good and bad thing. Sometimes seeing people you “know” achieve certain milestones in life can have you questioning yours which can lead to comparison which we all know is the thief of joy.

Yes, social media can cause you to be depressed and down on yourself, however, a new study in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, shows how Facebook, specifically, can cause a positive change to your mood.

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Carnegie Mellon University researchers tracked the Facebook activity of 1, 910 users who reported their moods through online surveys three times a month during June and August 2011. The results of the study showed Facebook was a good source for people’s moods, if it’s was used in a certain way.

Comments and personalized posts from close friends and family members increased people’s happiness and satisfaction while decreasing their feelings of depression and loneliness. It was found 60 of those interactions per month produced happiness which is equivalent to weddings and births.

However, clicking “like” on photos and posts had no results on people’s moods.

Like with everything else, there are positive and negative effects to using social media, but it all depends on how you choose to experience it.


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Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.