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Who a month long stays away from Facebook, feels happier, but is less well informed. And want to return as soon as possible to the social network.

Is Facebook good for us or bad? Researchers from New York University and Stanford came to an unusually nuanced answer to that question. Namely: a little bit of both.

In recent years, there was …

Is Facebook good for us or bad? Researchers from New York University and Stanford came to an unusually nuanced answer to that question. Namely: a little bit of both.

In recent years, there was mostly a lot of research that suggests that we are less happy to be of social media, and that we are trapped getting into dangerous filterbubbels. The new research tries to verify it by a large group of subjects, around 1,600 people, to pay for four weeks of Facebook to avoid. In that way, some clichés were confirmed, but a number of other contradicted.

If you’re not on Facebook, do you spend more time on real interaction with your friends and family? Yes, report the subjects. But they were also longer on their own to watch tv. In total, said the subjects that they have an hour of extra leisure time per day had to spare. What is remarkable is that they no extra time spent on other websites and social media. Perhaps because they, without a constant stream of Facebook notifications, less often to their smartphone handles.

Polarization

And what’s up with that filterbubbel and polarisation? Yes, the subjects are indeed less to be exposed to polarizing messages and after the end of the month a less polarized opinion about current issues than people who do have Facebook remained. But since they, according to their own reporting, 15 percent less time spent on reading news, they were also less well informed. On factual questions about the political news they gave less correct answers. So: the news on Facebook may not be optimal, you are not out there at times, something of.

Are we happier without Facebook? Also about that question points out, the new research the previous analysis. Yes, the subjects reported themselves that they are (a little) happier feel. But, strangely enough, put them there not to to Facebook permanently to turn their back. They took them to Facebook less often than before and held himself there: the Facebookgebruik decreased by 23 percent, or about 12 minutes less per day. Only 5 percent of the subjects had nine weeks after the experiment with his Facebook account still not activated again.

Previous studies showed that active facebook users (which many respond and self posts) feel happier than passive users. Facebook itself likes to refer to these figures. But the researchers from Stanford and New York University found that distinction not back in their own figures. They conclude, however, that the negative effects of Facebook in the past probably are exaggerated. Already exist that negative effects really.

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