The Key To A Non-Depressing Facebook Experience? Stop Lurking.

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | September 18, 2013 - 9:00 am

Within the past couple years, numerous studies have claimed Facebook is hazardous to our mental health and ruining our self-esteem. There have also been numerous studies that claim the opposite: Facebook is making our lives rich and full and positive and improving our relationships. The New Yorker recently posted a fascinating synopsis of the confusing, contradictory body of research surrounding the social media behemoth, and discovered that whether Facebook makes you happy or sad depends on how you use it. If you’re logging on to actively interact with friends (commenting, messaging, sharing posts, etc.), the site can genuinely enhance your life and make you feel more connected to people (bombshell, right?). If, however, you’re using Facebook the way many of us do, and just passively scrolling through photos and status updates while grumbling under your breath that everyone’s life is better than yours, well, you’re not going to feel very good about yourself. The moral of this story? If you want to have a fulfilling Facebook experience, stop lurking and start engaging. [NPR] [Photo of Facebook logo via Shutterstock]