Researchers of the largest social media network admitted to a corporate blog, that there are indeed independent studies that say spending time on Facebook “by consuming passive information” can “make people feel worse” mentally and physically.
The antidote, as claimed by Facebook executives, headed by research director David Ginsberg, is to interact more actively with other users instead of staying a passive viewer, making negative comparisons with the lives of others and abstaining from interpersonal contact.
They also underlined that the studies have mixed findings and show that Facebook can also have a positive impact on a user’s psychology.
”In sum, our research and other academic literature suggests that it’s about how you use social media that matters when it comes to your well-being. We want the time people spend on Facebook to encourage meaningful social interactions”, the blog authors wrote.