Meta-researchers conclude Facebook and other media platforms make people lonelier
Meta-researchers recently discovered that Facebook users are becoming increasingly lonely in the social media space, according to an internal document.
From scratch, we know there’s a lot going on in cyberspace outside of connecting to our peers.
Facebook causes people to be lonely
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According to internal documents, Facebook can make people more lonely.
The common notion for social media sites is their ability to connect people from all walks of life. Whether you’re American, Asian, single, widowed, or anything in between, you use these apps for one typical purpose: to connect and communicate with other people.
The latest study on Facebook and other social media platforms seems to contradict their goals. Instead of making them happier and more satisfied, they only generate loneliness among users, according to Bloomberg’s report.
Regarding the internal documents, the news site wrote that some of them were recently leaked by Frances Haugen, a known Facebook whistleblower. The particular study Meta researchers conducted reportedly addressed the app’s impact on people’s loneliness.
According to an internal study, people feel lonelier when they see certain types of posts in their feed.
The most common example is the detachment of friends. On Facebook, you sometimes see your friend’s post without you. Even so, a negative post might even bring more loneliness to the user.
On the other hand, loneliness can be removed by watching funny or entertaining things on social media platforms.
The study found that 41% of users agreed the app made them feel better, while only 6% said it caused them loneliness.
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Spending an hour on Facebook can make you less alone
KnowTechie, in another post, wrote that time spent on Facebook has something to do with the intensity of loneliness. According to research, users who feel “least lonely” tend to only spend an hour on the social media space.
Loneliness can increase if a user spends more or less than an hour on the platform. Although this emotion and the use of social media are correlated, it is still difficult to identify the particular effect that Facebook and other sites bring.
Note, the user experience also plays an important role in the study. Based on this, the various social media experiences could imply a negative or positive outcome for lone users.
In general, there is no recommended time limit for using social media. You can spend too much time or not depending on your desire. However, it is also important to pay attention to posting and content that could affect your emotional well-being to a large extent.
When it comes to loneliness, people who frequently share posts on Facebook typically experience this state, according to a 2014 study spotted by Tech Times.
In another research in 2016, researchers concluded that using Facebook can make your life longer.
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