THE FIND­INGS

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“It might seem con­trary to com­pare your­self to some­one who isn’t do­ing as well, but peo­ple feel bet­ter if they think their lives aren’t as bad,” says Mat­tingly. “For ex­am­ple, if you have an ad­dic­tion is­sue and you com­pare your­self to some­one who is hav­ing an even harder time, you feel bet­ter about your own ef­forts. In some ways, this is the ex­act op­po­site of what hap­pens on Face­book. On Face­book, peo­ple don’t al­ways show their most au­then­tic selves. When you look at some­one’s ‘ide­al­ized’ life, you can be a lit­tle bummed. Down­ward so­cial com­par­i­son is the ex­act op­po­site—it’s a po­ten­tial an­ti­dote to this in some ways.”

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