Witnessing friends' vacations, love lives and work successes on Facebook can cause envy and trigger feelings of misery and loneliness, according to German researchers.
"We were surprised by how many people have a negative experience from Facebook with envy leaving them feeling lonely, frustrated or angry,"
They found people aged in their mid-30s were most likely to envy family happiness while women were more likely to envy physical attractiveness.
These feelings of envy were found to prompt some users to boast more about their achievements on the site run by Facebook Inc. to portray themselves in a better light.
Men were shown to post more self-promotional content on Facebook to let people know about their accomplishments while women stressed their good looks and social lives.
The researchers based their findings on two studies involving 600 people with the results to be presented at a conference on information systems in Germany in February.
"From a provider's perspective, our findings signal that users frequently perceive Facebook as a stressful environment, which may, in the long-run, endanger platform sustainability," the researchers concluded.
How about you? Do you feel like this because of facebook or forums? Where you see something about other peoples life? Do you envy someone? Do you envy someones life? Are you sad or frustrated? Would you wish to be someone else? In someones life?
Edited by SnowQueenOfDarkness, 22 January 2013 - 09:33 PM.