Se­cret to be­ing happy: Go off so­cial me­dia

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Al­ways en­vi­ous? Got a nonex­is­tent so­cial life and strug­gle to con­cen­trate? All this might be be­cause of spend­ing too much time on Face­book. A new study has re­vealed that those who go a week with­out us­ing the so­cial net­work, feel hap­pier than oth­ers.

Car­ried out by the Hap­pi­ness Re­search In­sti­tute in Den­mark, the study in­volved a sam­ple of 1,095 peo­ple in Den­mark who were di­vided into two groups, half of whom con­tin­ued us­ing Face­book while the oth­ers stopped. “We fo­cused on Face­book be­cause it is the so­cial me­dia that most peo­ple use across age groups,” Meik Wik­ing, HRI’s chief ex­ec­u­tive said.

Af­ter a week, those who hadn’t been on Face­book said they were more sat­is­fied with their lives, with 88% of them de­scrib­ing them­selves as “happy” com­pared with 81% from the sec­ond group.

About 84% said they ap­pre­ci­ated their lives com­pared with 75% in the other group, and only 12% de­scribed them­selves as dis­sat­is­fied, com­pared with 20% among those who con­tin­ued us­ing Face­book. At the end of the ex­per­i­ment, the ab­stain­ers re­ported hav­ing a richer so­cial life and very few dif­fi­cul­ties in con­cen­trat­ing, while the oth­ers re­ported no such change. “In­stead of fo­cus­ing on what we ac­tu­ally need, we have an un­for­tu­nate ten­dency to fo­cus on what other peo­ple have,” the au­thors of the study wrote.

In other words, Face­book users are 39% more likely to feel less happy than non-users.

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

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