Facebook Research says using FB passively makes you feel bad; Introduces new “Snooze” feature

Using Facebook without contributing, in the form of messages and comments on your friends’ posts, makes you feel bad, the company said today. In a remarkable blog post, citing both internal and academic research, the company said “in general, when people spend a lot of time passively consuming information — reading but not interacting with people — they report feeling worse afterward.” At the same time, actively communicating with friends “is linked to improvements in well-being,” the company said.

Facebook says “passively consuming” the News Feed will make you feel worse about yourself

Per the last sentence, their research indicated that actual interaction with others led to improved feelings.

Facebook’s recommendation to FB making people feel bad is to spend more time on Facebook, making sure to interact with others.

To help make FB a happy place, users can Hide individual posts and Unfollow (without unfriending) those that post items causing bad feelings in the viewer. Today, FB is introducing Snooze, a feature that will temporarily unfollow someone for 30 days.

3 thoughts on “Facebook Research says using FB passively makes you feel bad; Introduces new “Snooze” feature

    • Mine is going that way too. I log in as messaging thru FB is the quickest way to exchange messages with our youngest daughter who rarely posts on FB herself but I think she has the FB app on her phone and it alerts her to messages.

      I have used FB for special interest/hobby groups but that may be fading as well. One of the groups has been increasingly going off the rails and I may drop out of it. I just dropped another group after they made a policy change that would have excluded me. Because of my photography of US Civil War camp re-enactments “Bringing History to Life” I had been invited to join two Civil War history groups on FB. One just announced they are kicking out everyone that is not a dues paying member of their group (which means kicking out friends and family of members too) and the other has made noises they are going the same way. Finally, there is a camera group I have really enjoyed but it appears Nikon has probably killed off that camera line and membership is dwindling there too.

      I am wondering if social media has, in some areas, already peaked. Many of us now recognize it as a place to watch outraged and angry people sharing fake news. Or so it seems. I definitely am seeing fewer and fewer posts from “friends” – the drop is unmistakable.

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      • Yep, I have seen a fb drop for about 2 years and it maybe appeared more drastic too me when I reduced my friends from 250 to around 80. I went back to Instagram which I had deleted earlier this year. My daughters are good with texting and photos on Snapchat.

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