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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Feeling sad? Quitting Facebook could turn your frown upside down, study says


While the temptation to always be connected via social media outlets is a legitimate one, a little bit of will power could work wonders for your personal life. A new study found that quitting Facebook actually makes people happier.

The research, conducted by the Denmark-based think-tank Happiness Research Institute, enrolled 1,095 volunteers between the ages of 16 and 76. Ninety-four percent of the participants said they visited Facebook as part of their daily routine.

Before the study began, the volunteers were surveyed on how satisfied they felt, how active their social life was, how much they compared themselves to others, and how easy they found it to concentrate.

The participants were then divided into two groups. Half of them carried on using Facebook as usual, while the other half spent their time away from the social network.

After just a week, 88 percent of those who had given up Facebook said they felt “happy,” compared to 81 percent of those who continued using the social network as usual.

Those who gave up Facebook also reported feeling more enthusiastic, less lonely, less worried, and more decisive. They said they found it easier to concentrate, and that quitting the social network allowed them to spend more time seeing friends and family face-to-face.

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