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7 Ways Facebook is Bad for your Mental Health

Facebook’s meteoric rise in popularity suggests that it offers us something we’ve always wanted. But like all benefits in life, Facebook comes with its psychological costs—many of them invisible. We review research suggesting 7 ways that Facebook may be hurting you. (coauthored by Jessica E. Bodford) Read More


I use and enjoy Facebook on a daily basis. I don't have any of those problems described in this post.

No. (Maybe means Yes)

Problems inside are not usually made aware to your conscious mind.

I feel I'm better than most people.

Whenever I read theses types of articles I always feel that I'm better than most people. I use a social media management website to show me new messages and I really don't get too many messages. It's all personal use and when someone bores me I stop following them so that I never have to deal their posts again. I feel the type of people described in this article don't really have much self control. That or they lack any conscious decisions in what is fun.

It's not Facebook

It's that people lack or have not learned proper information management skills.

I use FB and have only 46 friends with the majority being far away relatives. It find FB highly useful to keep in touch and to post pictures so my elderly Mother and relatives can see what my sister and I (age 54 and 55, respectively) are up to.

I don't have any of the issues described in your article.

Facebook and Internet Marketers skewing information

Internet marketers are also trying to manipulate what you think is cool. People are paid to make tweets and to post to Facebook.

It can be like a pump and dump stock boiler room.
You need to be very careful of IMers. You can wind up in a "bad" neighborhood if you don't know who your friends really are.

People sell Facebook likes and posts all the time. Go the Fiverr if you think I am overreacting. You can see for yourself.

Its like that in every place

Its like that in every place there are every kind of person. So if we think that by using fb we are amongst them. Its all about the use that how we handle and communicate it. Infact it is a very informative and knowledge gaining site.
opthalmic instrumets

Welcome to the "Anti" Social Network

I have used Facebook and realized something quite interesting. It has created 'lazy friendships'. Instead of taking the time to drive somewhere and spend time with friends - all of that can now be avoided by "liking" a post or making an admirable comment. I was even guilty of this. Overtime these friendships can get lighter and less meaningful. Physical presence makes the friendship stronger.

Here's a test for all those 'friends' - ask them to help you move. Then see how many people "have the time". Of course I am being sarcastic however I believe there is a truth to it.

Social websites seemed interesting at first but then I realized they are nothing more than an affirmation of one's existence. It reminds me of children's 'Show And Tell'.

I stopped using that site and hosted a "Quit Facebook BBQ", with friends.

I hope the irony is not lost

I hope the irony is not lost on you that there is a "Like" button for this article.

I "like" your comment

I hadn't thought about it, but I like it.

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Douglas T. Kenrick, Ph.D., is professor of social psychology at Arizona State University.


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