Facebook has acknowledged that passively scrolling through posts on the social media platform can make people feel worse. Researchers David Ginsberg and Moira Burke in a blog post highlighted the positive and negative sides of using social media. The authors cited one experiment in which students of the University of Michigan were randomly assigned to use Facebook for 10 minutes. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
In a blog post, the researchers said that spending time on Facebook passively consuming information can leave people feeling worse , but also argued that part of the solution is to engage and interact more with people on the platform. The experiment also noted that active engagement on the social media can have may have a positive effect too. The positive effects were stronger when people talked with their close friends online, the study found. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
“Just like in person, interacting with people you care about can be beneficial, while simply watching others from the sidelines may make you feel worse,” wrote Facebook’s Director of Research David Ginsberg and its Research Scientist Moira Burke.
They also claimed that actively interacting with people especially sharing messages, posts, and comments with close friends and reminiscing about past interactions is linked to improvements in well-being . They cited one study suggesting that students who scrolled through their own Facebook profiles experienced boosts in self-affirmation compared with others who looked at strangers pages.
The researchers concluded the experiment by saying, “we re teaming up with experts in the field to look at the impact of mobile technology and social media on kids and teens, as well as how to better support them as they transition through different stages of life.”