Does Participating on Social Media Make You Feel Bad?

Do you feel bad when you see other people's posts and status updates? A recent poll by Salford Business School at the University of Salford makes the conclusion that participating on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter (and by association Google+ perhaps?) make people feel bad about themselves. The constant comparison to others flaunt, brags and successes can't be healthy. From the article:

"A poll of those using the technology found more than half of those surveyed said the sites had changed their behaviour – and half of those said their lives had been altered for the worse."

Personally when I'm in dire need of time off or a vacation, everyone that posts gorgeous pictures of beaches and tropical drinks with umbrellas in them gets the virtual 'stink eye' from me. While I'm not a fan of people that post nothing be negative 'woe is me' content (hey, it's depressing!) bragging or "peacocking" as I call it sometimes is just as bad. – +Lynette Young 

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Facebook and Twitter feed anxiety, study finds – Telegraph
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter feed anxiety and make people feel inadequate, a study has found.

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15 Comments

  1. It makes me feel good. Here are these thousands of people, only  about fifty of whom I actually know IRL, who like me. 

    Or at least they act as though they  do…

  2. It makes me feel good. Here are these thousands of people, only  about fifty of whom I actually know IRL, who like me. 

    Or at least they act as though they  do…

  3. I can see how it could do that.  Personally, I think it is an even mix.  It is nice to be able to read and not reply.  :D

  4. I can see how it could do that.  Personally, I think it is an even mix.  It is nice to be able to read and not reply.  :D

  5. when i see vacation photos, makes me want to go out and do something similar.. its nice to see that they actually have fun life offline too :-) like positive things posted like photos of travel, funny videos..

  6. when i see vacation photos, makes me want to go out and do something similar.. its nice to see that they actually have fun life offline too :-) like positive things posted like photos of travel, funny videos..

  7. Well… I feel social media sites are a little push to interact! which in any way is very good… I compare it to Yoga :) even though you are doing an external exercise you get to go deep in within YOU and realize things you didn't before these means :)

  8. it could because people can portray anything..normally they make their lives seem great. If you use social media for good, it would be awesome. Check out my blog where I try to do just that at encouragethruconversation.blogspot.com

  9. it could because people can portray anything..normally they make their lives seem great. If you use social media for good, it would be awesome. Check out my blog where I try to do just that at encouragethruconversation.blogspot.com

  10. It only makes us feel bad when we get the "look" from our sigOs

  11. It only makes us feel bad when we get the "look" from our sigOs

  12. Never thought about this….hmm. Matter of fact sometimes, I do feel bad as I read comments of others. Naturally, you make comparisons.

  13. Never thought about this….hmm. Matter of fact sometimes, I do feel bad as I read comments of others. Naturally, you make comparisons.

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