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Facebook Lurking Can Make You Feel Miserable, According to Study

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Story at-a-glance -

  • A new study revealed causal evidence that Facebook negatively affects your well-being
  • Facebook users who took a one-week break from the site reported significantly higher levels of life satisfaction and a significantly improved emotional life
  • Those most at risk of negative effects included heavy Facebook users, those who used the site passively (lurking but not necessarily interacting with others) and those who tended to envy others on Facebook

By Dr. Mercola

Every month, 1.65 billion people actively use the social media site Facebook. On average, each user spends 50 minutes using the site daily, which doesn't sound like that much until you consider it's more time than is spent on any other leisure activity except for watching TV.


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