Finding: Facebook may be dangerous to your mental health


February 11, 2014

A study by two German universities found that Facebook brings out the green-eyed monster in many of us. One in three felt worse after using the social network. Those who browsed but didn’t post anything were most affected. The primary culprit: Other people’s vacation photos. Many also felt bad about themselves when they saw the number of Likes or birthday greetings they got in comparison with others. (You can read the study’s abstract here.)

If you check your Facebook account automatically or often, you may want to start considering your frame of mind before logging in.

Learn more about the dangers of comparison.

More Unstuck Advice

How to negotiate a power struggle at work Power struggles personify the worst kind of office politics. They sap energy. Distract from purpose. And hold the potential to derail success and happ...
21 tiny ways to stop feeling hopeless When hopelessness hits, we feel sunk. All our worst stories swirl in our head, punctuated by words like can’t, won’t, never, impossible. Life feel...
3 steps to let go of that grudge Holding a grudge can be all-encompassing. Just the mere thought of someone who was rude to us, betrayed us, or otherwise hurt us triggers a tightness ...