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Social network site 'distorts real life'

Facebook makes us jealous of other people’s ‘happiness’

FacebookFacebook makes people feel dissatisfied with their lives because it gives an artificial impression that other people are enjoying a better life, according to new research.

Users are constantly comparing themselves to other people’s seemingly perfect lives, even though the reality is far different.

Most people post only positive messages about themselves and their circumstances, giving a false impression of their actual lives.

Denmark’s Happiness Research Institute said that the experiment’s results were “largely down to people’s tendency to compare themselves to others”.

Chief executive Meik Wiking said: “Facebook distorts our perception of reality and of what other people’s lives really look like. We take in to account how we’re doing in life through comparisons to everyone else, and since most people only post positive things on Facebook, that gives us a very biased perception of reality.

“If we are constantly exposed to great news, we risk evaluating our own lives as less good.”

He likened Facebook to “a non-stop good news channel that paints false pictures of edited lives”.

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