11 Ways Facebook Is Bad for Your Mental Health

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.

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