The Christmas season is meant to be spent with the people you love the most. It's the perfect time to unwind and hang out with the relatives you haven't seen in a long time or pamper yourselves with with good cheer. Still, a lot of people can't help but browse their newsfeed, taking advanatage of all the extra time off work.
So before you decide to repost another photo on your wall, you might want to know that it's not really making you happy. In fact, new studies published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking, suggest that spending too much time on Facebook is making you quite miserable. And we all know that being miserable isn't the best for this festive period.
Well, no one's complaining about feeling sad when they check their Facebook accounts. You might even be thinking that sharing all those Noche Buena photos and family reunion snaps will actually be good for your overall wellbeing. We hate to burst your bubble, but you're actually wrong.
According to the researchers from the University of Copenhagen, seeing all the newly uploaded photos of your friends will lead to unrealistic social comparisons between their Christmas celebration and yours. The study warns that “regular use of social networking such as Facebook can negatively affect your emotional well-being and satisfaction with life”.
At least 1,000 people participated in this research. They were divided into two groups, where one continued using Facebook as they normally would, while the other group kept their social media accounts at bay. After a week, the group with no Facebook showed an improvement with their attitude and well-being, while the group that spent their time logged-in had increased feelings of envy towards their friends.
So, before you grab your smartphone to check on what your friends are doing during the holidays, we suggest you to think twice so as not to spoil all the fun you're having with your loved ones.