The sudden rise in Facebook’s popularity suggests that it gives services and tips that we have wanted. It keeps us interacting with others throughout the globe—without going to post office or airport or seaport. But with the click of a button, we can come to know what other people like, what people are doing, where they are now, or what they eat or read around the globe.
MISSION STATEMENT OF FACEBOOK
“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.”
According to a recent statistical survey, almost 63% of American Facebook users log on to the site daily, and 40% of users log on so many times per day.
In a survey, 53% of users said that Facebook had changed their behaviors, while 51% of them said that Facebook has negatively affected the behavior.
Owing to all these benefits of Facebook nowadays, 1 out of 4 people use Facebook throughout the globe.
Along with all these advantages of using Facebook, it costs people in many ways, but the obvious cost is the psychological cost. By ‘psychological cost,’ we mean that the cost, in most cases, is invisible. Facebook users often face decreases in subjective well-being over a period (Kross E, Verduyn P, Demiralp E, Park J, Lee DS, Lin N, et al. (2103).
We have discussed some points on how Facebook affects your mental health. All these points are the summary of various research that suggests Facebook’s effects on mental health in 11 ways.
1. IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL JEALOUS
When some of your friends on Facebook share stories or update statuses of success and happiness, you will create feelings like you are sharing nothing in your friends’ success and pleasure. Secondly, if you see some more success stories from their side, you will feel jealous of them. It may make you possessive.
From a study done by Buxmann and Krasnova (2013), it is clear that when you read about the pleasure, success stories s, or you see the photos people share or when they upload some various images of traveling in your news feeds; you start envy with them. Additionally, when you do not share anything of Facebook and just passively follow and read others’ statuses, it creates jealousy. So it is recommended to use Facebook, like you upload new status from your side, upload various images, and share success stories.
Recent studies have shown that social networking sites like Facebook have increased the level of stress, produced anxiety, and negatively impact a person’s sense of self. The use of these sites for more time may cause a person to develop a mental health disorder.
2. IT CAN HARM YOUR RELATIONSHIP
Kransky and Krafsky, author of ‘Facebook and Your Marriage,’ found in 2010 that there are some common concerns in relationships that arise from the use of Facebook. Particularly, when you see that people from various backgrounds like your partner’s page, then it may create a sort of jealousy in you and unjustified doubt to some extent, especially when your partner’s exes tag your partner in photos. Krafsky and Krafsky suggest that you must talk with your partner regarding behaviors that both of you consider safe and truthful on Facebook’s platform. Moreover, you can set boundaries with your partner in a time when you do not feel comfortable.
3. IT MAY REVEAL INFORMATION THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS
Most of the people keep their secret information on their Facebook accounts while all of the users have personal information and an introduction to their accounts. You may not want to let your subordinates know that you were drunk last night. According to Peluchette and Karl (2010), 40% of the users write about alcohol on Facebook, and 20% mention sexual activities.
Most of the time, I think that such information is safe, but it may not be the case all the time.
Notably, employers are recommended not to share such information or keep it entirely secret because almost 89% of job seekers use social networking sites to get a job. Secondly, 37% of employers use social networking sites to search for suitable candidates for a vacancy in the organization.
It is recommended that every one of you be careful about the personal information and sometimes other information to limit the public’s access if you do not want to delete it.
4. IT WILL KEEP YOU IN CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHOM YOU WANT TO FORGET
Facebook stalking has made it tough to forget past relationships. So you may be thinking that where would be your ex now even you do not want to know about him or her, but you visit their Facebook pages unwantedly. People often stirred to visiting the Facebook pages of people with whom they want to finish the relationship. For example, most people often visit their ex unwanted Facebook pages and become aware of them. By visiting the Facebook pages, people come to know where their exes are. “Is my ex with another boy or girl or with a person whom I hate a lot?” In such cases, a lot of questions arise that remain unanswered because you may not have the exact reasons for asking why your ex is with someone else now. Such feeling creates disruption and a high level of distress in both genders. It all happens because the influence of online surveillance is considerably worse than the offline interaction.
5. IT CREATES THE SENSE OF FALSE CONSENSUS
Your laptop, tablet, or desktop become personalized, or most of the time, people make these gadgets personalized for easier use and facilitation. For example, when you are sitting next to your friend and both of you searching for the same thing, you will find completely different searches than that of your friend and that because of the personalization of your internet searches. When your internet searches become so personalized, then your social networking sites also get personalized.
Normally, Facebook places updates higher in your News Feed from the like-minded friends, and this twist or falsify your view regarding the world. You may think that your favorite political candidate will win in the coming election, but your friends will think otherwise. You will not want to hear them—Facebook creates a false consensus. This is because the personalization of your internet searches is completely different from that of your friends’.
6. FACEBOOK MAY MAKE YOU LESS CONFIDENT
When people see the success stories of friends, see the image of pleasure their friends have shared, then they feel like they are nothing nor can do something. Such thoughts make these people less confident because they cannot do such great things, but only their friends can do it. When they compare their stories with that of other online friends’ stories, they start feeling distressed and start losing overall confidence.
7. FACEBOOK MAY CAUSE INFERIORITY COMPLEX
Recent research has shown that if a person is passive on Facebook and just read other people’s success stories, then such a person becomes the victim of an inferiority complex. This is because they just see the images and photos, updates, and pleasure stories of others and become highly impressed by the good-looking photos of their friends.
When you are active on Facebook and upload the status of various famous issues, current advancements have done by science, upload images of your favorite things, sometimes write famous quotes. Your friends and other people from various backgrounds will like your status. They may also comment on and share what you have already uploaded on your timeline. Such action will make me feel more confident and socially active.
8. FACEBOOK LEADS TO LOWER THINKING LEVEL—CAUSES LOWER GRADES IN STUDENTS
A recent study has figured out that the students who use Facebook during studying get lower grades (even if Facebook is in the background). Such students get grades 20% lower than other students who do not use Facebook while studying. This because by using Facebook, a person becomes multitasking, and they switch from one work to another quickly and do not find time to go deep into a specific topic. Such behaviors lead to lower grades.
Another study has found that that IQ drops by 10 points when a person becomes multitasking.
9. YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS’ POSTS AFFECT YOUR MOOD
Researchers have found that mood is contagious—if a user sees more positive posts on Facebook, he or she is more likely to post positive things on Facebook. If a user sees negative posts on Facebook, then he or she is likely to be more negative in their posts. It means that the use of Facebook can change your mood, depending on what you see on Facebook.
10. FACEBOOK OFTEN MAKES YOU FEEL THAT YOUR LIFE IS NOT AS COOL AS OTHERS’
According to social psychologist, Leon Festinger people always tend to involve in social comparison. To give an answer to a question like “Am I doing better or worse than average?” then you should check other people like you. Then—here people use Facebook for such comparison because Facebook is easy to use and a quick way to compare with people like you. But in such cases, there are more chances that you may see your friends’ photos in which they have shown great pleasure. Such things will create in you a feeling like your friends are living better and happier lives. You may start thinking that your life is not as full and rich as of your friends and other people on Facebook.
All of you should think a bit what happens in your mind when you see your friends’ success stories on Facebook. I know every one of you think that your friends live better and happier lives by seeing just their nice-looking photo or smile, but the case is not like what you think of their lives.
11. FACEBOOK MAY BECOME ADDICTIVE
We all know about the most common addictive substances in our societies, like coffee, cigarette, or alcohol. But due to the tremendous use of the internet Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) has included a new addictive substance names Facebook. This has created many controversies globally and has gathered attention from prevalent media and empirical journals that have led to the creation of the Facebook Addiction Scale (Paddock, 2012). In a survey, when people were asked what they want or desire at a specific time. The surveyors found that people are always desirous of using social media. The surveyors were told that people are desired to use social media even more than alcohol or tobacco.
After a great work done by Andraessen and colleagues made the Facebook Addiction Scale, which contains all these six steps that how Facebook is addictive.
1. You take a lot of time by thinking regarding Facebook or planning how to use Facebook.
2. You feel an impulse to use Facebook more and more.
3. You use Facebook because you want to forget your personal problems.
4. You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success.
5. You become restless or feel trouble when you are prohibited from using Facebook.
6. You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative effect on your job/studies.
You should know that the news is not so bad because some research finds that Facebook may help reduce the impact of loneliness. It can be used to keep yourself up-to-date and keep in touch with others. Fenne Deters and Mathias Mehl (2012) found that the use of Facebook increased the feelings of social connectedness and decreased the level of loneliness.
Remember…! Facebook is just like any other advancement in science and technology. It depends on how you use it to learn and engage with intelligent people and get rid of loneliness. You log-in to Facebook only for a specific and limited time so that you cannot lag behind others in moving forward.
Due to the tremendous advancement in science, you cannot avoid the use of Facebook. You can use Facebook for so many beneficial things, but you should give limited time to Facebook.
You are recommended to upload your statuses, photos, success stories, and share some beneficial experiences form your life with your friends. By doing so, you will get so many likes and shares that will help you to boost your self-confidence. You will feel more social and more responsible.
You can also learn so many things on Facebook by asking questions in the relevant groups of Facebook. Always try not to be dependent on Facebook for everything in your life because Facebook is addictive and may lead to some mental illness.