Research Institute “Happiness” from Copenhagen examined whether people would be happier if they do not have Facebook account. Their study involved 1,095 Danes, of which 9% were using “Facebook” on a daily basis, 86% used it frequently, and over three quarters of them were on “Facebook” for 30 minutes or more daily.
The participants evaluated their own lives before and after the study. Then, half of the participants received a challenge not to use “Facebook” for a week (“the treatment group”), while others continued to use it as before. Before the study, the first group had an index of happiness in an average of 7.56 out of 10, and the second 7.67 from 10. After that, the group that did not use “Facebook” a week saw a rise in the index of happiness, up to 8, 12 of 10, while the other group saw almost no change.
The group without the “Facebook” noted increased concentration and reduced feelings of loneliness and sadness, and increased social activity, greater satisfaction in life and a sense of presence in the moment. Finally, the institute concludes that users of this social network are 39% less happy than those who stopped using the network.
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