As people have been using Facebook frequently, Facebook has been developed relationship with people’s emotions and happiness feelings. According to recent research, Facebook and other social media might cause a sense of unhappiness in society.
The new finding is from the University of Michigan. 82 Facebook users have been researched for two weeks. It is found that the more time a people spends on Facebook, “the more his or her feelings of well-being decrease and feelings of depression increase.”
Respondents were only asked about their emotional state under the condition of using social networks. The answers from them are the same, which is when they got chance to talk with others face to face, they will feel more fulfilling and show much strong experience of happiness.
Some people are popular online, while these people could not take actions in real life about making friends. Many people tried their best to show well relations online, but they hide who they truly are. If people want to set up a real and face to face relationship, they need to invest more than 140 characters or even use a button of “like”.
Under the rapid development of science and technology, it seems that people only move their fingers to finish some social behavior. However, the relationship between friends is not close and even worse people will feel very lonely.
Unlike TV, newspapers, social media platforms like Facebook can be used at anytime or anyplace. People can communicate with each other at any time of a day. In fact, people pay much attention on the number of their fans or how many friends have pressed the “like” button on your status or pictures. They will not think about the problems with social media such as how long we did not meet with to chat with each other.
It will blur the voice and body expression of the people, which is same as the sending phone messages; you can not see his/her facial expression so that it is easy for misunderstanding other’s meaning. Saying it in other words, Facebook hindered the way that people understand the content from other side, which is easy for resulting in misunderstandings.
If people did not have friends in real life, even they had many followers on social networks, they would slowly realize that real friends mostly exist in real life. When people have a few friends even no real friends, they will get a higher chance of being with Melancholia.
On the other hand, does Facebook only have negative impact? The answer is a definite NO. Almost everyone could say several benefits of Facebook, such as easy for people to communicate and a good way to release personal feelings. At the beginning of 2013, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he wanted Facebook to be a way to make the world more open and connected. It is obvious that Facebook has its’ own market and Facebook is recognized by many people, especially in Europe, the United States and Australia.
In China, Facebook had been banned since 2009. There were negotiations between Facebook owner and Chinese government, but China still took strict measures to ban Facebook. The main reason is that Facebook belongs to foreign telecom operators. If it came to China, it would be different to social networking management in Chinese media market.
Like the saying goes, everything has two sides. If you hold the opinion that more using of Facebook will be more depressing, you could pay much attention on the time usage of it and arrange time to play with friends face to face. While people would think that they can handle the depression feelings taken by Facebook, Facebook still can bring people a lot of convenience.
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