Ethan Kross

The more that young people go on Facebook, the less happy they feel, according to an August 15 CNN report. The article described a study by ISR researcher Ethan Kross in which researchers tracked how a small group of young adults were feeling over a two-week period and correlated those feelings with their Facebook usage. The more time participants spent on the social media site, the less good they felt about their own lives. But face-to-face contact with actual people was an antidote to those negative feelings. CNN theorized that Facebook usage could drag people down because of the perception that their friends lead more fabulous lives. “Over a billion people belong to Facebook, and over half of them log in every day,” Kross said. “On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. But rather than enhancing well-being, our findings demonstrate that interacting with Facebook may have the opposite result for young adults.”