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Jennifer Chan, Assistant Managing Editor
April 17, 2012

The More Women Use Facebook, The Unhappier They May Become

Research shows that using Facebook too frequently can create dents in your self-esteem. By Jennifer Chan
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When you open your browser, what is the first thing that you usually do? If your answer is to check your Facebook account, you're not alone. According to one study, 85 percent of participants who answered a poll admitted that using Facebook has become part of their regular routine.

Considering that this is the age of social media, it would be more surprising if people answered otherwise. Still, is this devotion to Mark Zuckerberg’s billion-dollar idea healthy? Some researchers don’t think so. Women, in particular, might benefit from spending some time away from their Facebook wall. Apparently, the more time they spend on the site, the unhappier they become

In a study involving 600 female participants, researchers discovered that more than half experienced increased body consciousness when using the social networking site. About the same number compared themselves to others when reading status messages or viewing pictures. A little under half of the participants said they wished they had the faces or the bodies of the people they were viewing, while a third admitted they felt sad when they started comparing themselves to other people. 

All in all, Facebook doesn’t seem to be doing women any favors. As easy it is to blame Facebook for everything, however, how you handle the situation is ultimately up to you. In the end, what's most important is that you learn to love yourself. Take some time out from Facebook for some self-reflection, and if you need help boosting your self-esteem, get support from your loved ones.

(Photo by Ed Yourdon via Flickr Creative Commons)

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  • purplelicious15 Apr 18 2012 @ 06:28pm Report Abuse
    While it is true that women do tend to compare themselves with others, I think that it can do them more good than harm when comparison is made with a positive attitude. Like aiming to be more fit to feel good and look better and not be complacent and/or unmindful of our appearance. Aiming higher by setting goals to go to different places and countries and try different things to enjoy life. For me, it is positive in a way to compare ourselves to others and be a little envious so we can push ourselves to aim more, do more and enjoy life more.
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