How Facebook Can Make You Envious

Posted: February 3, 2013 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

How Facebook Can Make You Envious.

Remember back when a scientific study showed that writing more Facebook updates makes you feel less lonely, more at one with the world, even if nobody reads them?

Ah, but that was way back on January 7. This Tuesday, in the ongoing science of social networking, a research team unveiled evidence of “Facebook envy.”

“We were surprised by how many people have a negative experience from Facebook with envy leaving them feeling lonely, frustrated or angry,” researcher Hanna Krasnova at Berlin’s Humboldt University told Reuters.

What Krasnova’s team did, in a couple of separate trials, was to record emotional responses to posts in 600 representative Facebook users. No prizes for guessing which emotion came out on top.

The causes of envy were many, and some read like some fascinating conversation-starters: holiday photos started more than half of the envy incidents. People in their 30s were more likely to be envious of scenes of family happiness.


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