Research procures leaving social network for a week increases life gratification, particularly among heavy users and lurkers

Taking a breaking from Facebook can boost emotional wellbeing and life gratification, with the effects especially pronounced among persons who lurk on the social network without actively engaging with others, a study suggests.

The research by the University of Copenhagen demonstrated the effects of quitting for a week is likewise strong among heavy users and those who jealousy their Facebook friends, is recommended that people who pore irritably over the posts of others may benefit the most.

The reports writer, Morten Tromholt, from the universitys sociology department, said the findings suggested that changes in behaviour for example, heavy users reducing their time spent on Facebook, or lurkers actively engaging could yield positive results.

But he indicated that people could find it difficult to change their behaviour 13% of the studys participants who were supposed to be taking a break admitted to using the social network so quitting may be necessary.

The study, published in the periodical Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, involved 1,095 people, 86% of whom were women. They were haphazardly assigned to two groups: one that continued using Facebook as normal and one that stopped employing the social network for a week.

On average, the participants were aged 34, had 350 Facebook friends and spend just over an hour a day on the social network, which had 1.79 billion monthly active users in the third quarter of this year.

Questionnaires conducted at the beginning and end of the week indicated that taking a breach from the site increased life gratification and positive emotions. The effects of ceasing were found to be greater among heavy users, passive users and the individuals who envied others on the social network. There was no positive effect of taking a break for sunlight users.

Tromholt wrote: To induce things clear, if one is a heavy Facebook user, one should use Facebook less to increase ones wellbeing.

And if one tends to feel envy when on Facebook, one should avoid browsing the sections( or specific friends) on Facebook causing this resentment. And if one uses Facebook passively, one should reduce this kind of behaviour.

Due to habits, practicalities it may be difficult to change ones route of using Facebook. If this is the case, one should consider quitting Facebook for good.

Previous analyses have had mixed outcomes on the link between Facebook use and wellbeing. Some garnered similar findings, but others find no link and some found that time spent on the social network can boost wellbeing.

Brenda Wiederhold, the editor-in-chief of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, told: This study found that lurking on Facebook may cause negative emotions. However, on the bright side previous studies have shown actively connecting with close friends, whether in real life or on Facebook, may actually increase ones sense of wellbeing.

Tromholt suggested that future surveys should investigate the effect of ceasing Facebook for a greater length of day and look at other social networks, including Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

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