Consistently browsing Facebook or “lurking” without interacting with anyone may seem harmless, but according to a study conducted by the University of Copenhagen excessive use of social media can create feelings of envy.
The study of more than 1,000 participants, mostly women, says that “regular use of social networking such as Facebook can negatively affect your emotional well-being and satisfaction with life,” BBC reports.
“These findings indicate that it might not be necessary to quit Facebook for good to increase one’s well-being — instead an adjustment of one’s behavior on Facebook could potentially cause a change,” concludes the study. “To make things clear, if one is a heavy Facebook user, one should use Facebook less to increase one’s well-being. And if one tends to feel envy when on Facebook, one should avoid browsing the sections (or specific friends) on Facebook causing this envy. And if one uses Facebook passively, one should reduce this kind of behavior.”
So if you ever find yourself going down a Facebook rabbit hole and stalking your ex’s new girlfriend’s mom, maybe it’s time to ask yourself if you’re doing yourself more harm than good and log off for a few days!