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Facebook's Impact on Your Mood
By: Jessica Cherok
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Does Facebook make you sad? Not sad about the state of society today, but an actual psychological sadness.

We use Facebook to keep in touch with our friends and family. Except we’re not really getting a realistic view of their lives. As much as we complain about people posting the trivial and mundane details of their lives, we’re still only seeing the really dramatic bits. After all, no one’s life can be so utopian all the time. Nor can it be so catastrophically terrible.

So here we are, perusing the illusory, misleading, or inconsequential posts of people in our news feed, and for many of us, we find ourselves feeling less and less satisfied with our own lives. Marriages, happy families, vacations to exotic and tropical destinations. After a while it’s enough to make even the most secure of us feel a little of the green-eyed monster.

And while it may seem a little silly to say that Facebook makes you sad about yourself, it is a reality; one not often admitted. But what can you do about it?

Recognize that it’s largely fake. Again, most people post fanciful versions of what’s going on in their lives. If it seems like everyone’s lives are better than yours, take it with a grain of salt. Or — if everyone’s lives seem incredibly worse — also take it with a grain of salt, and the satisfaction that you’re doing okay.

Don’t be afraid to hide those bragging/whining Facebook friends. If you’re tired of looking at their posts, stop looking at them. Easy enough.

Finally, quit comparing yourself to what’s happening on Facebook. You’re better than that and you know it.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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