For a hap­pier life, give up Face­book study says

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COPEN­HAGEN: Al­ways en­vi­ous? Got a nonex­is­tent so­cial life and strug­gle to con­cen­trate? All this might be down to Face­book if you be­lieve a study show­ing those who go a week with­out us­ing the so­cial net­work feel hap­pier than others.

Car­ried out by the Hap­pi­ness Re­search In­sti­tute, 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 told AFP yes­ter­day in Copen­hagen, the Dan­ish cap­i­tal.

Af­ter a week, those peo­ple who hadn’t been on Face­book said they were more sat­is­fied with their lives, with 88 per­cent of them de­scrib­ing them­selves as “happy” com­pared with 81 per­cent from the sec­ond group. Some 84 per­cent said they ap­pre­ci­ated their lives com­pared with 75 per­cent in the other group, and only 12 per­cent de­scribed them­selves as dis­sat­is­fied, com­pared with 20 per­cent among those who con­tin­ued us­ing Face­book. At the end of the ex­per­i­ment, the ab­stain­ers re­ported hav­ing a richer so­cial life and fewer 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 per­cent more likely to feel less happy than non-users.

NEW YORK: In this Wed­nes­day, Nov. 4, 2015, photo, Se­bas­tian Sobczak, CEO of, poses in his com­pany’s New York of­fice. is win­ning con­verts to its so­cial net­work by pay­ing them for their posts. Face­book cur­rently blocks all links from the smaller net­work, claim­ing they’re low qual­ity links that bor­der on spam. — AP

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