Research points to depression
Facebook admits social media bad for your health
Facebook: users should be more engaging
Facebook has admitted for the first time that social media can be bad for users’ health.
The network has until now declined to engage with those researching the impact of social media, but has now acknowledged that it can make people unhappy.
Studies have shown that intensive use of social media can bring on a sense of isolation, depression and low self-esteem.
While accepting the research, Facebook is not suggesting users reduce their time on the site.
Its response was that users should engage more by posting comments, rather than be simply passive users, The Times reports.
David Ginsberg, Facebook’s director of research, and Moira Burke, a research scientist, quoted a University of Michigan study saying that students who read Facebook posts for 10 minutes a day felt worse than those who engaged with friends.