A Whole New World

If you are a regular reader of Pretty Thing, you will know that I am 3+ weeks Facebook-free – yaaa me!! 🙂 I wasn’t as regular on the FB as many people I know, but….I did check in often enough for it to bother me. When I decided to get rid of it, I made that decision because I felt that I was letting what I saw on there hurt me – and I have had more than enough hurt in my life…I don’t need any more. I’ve not cheated and peeked at it again (not even once!), and I think I’m pretty much done with it. Was it easy? It wasn’t bad at all. Do I miss it? I miss hearing from former students and friends and stuff, but…if they are meant to be in my life, they will find a way to keep in touch. Otherwise, I am good if I don’t ever have to scroll through another FB feed…I think the world will still go on turning. 😉

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I found this article this morning, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Take a look:

Can you imagine a day not logging into Facebook? Imagine all the photos that would go unseen, the viral videos that would go unwatched, and all those notifications that would go unchecked.

Well, the idea of it might make you squirm in your seat, but a new study shows that it could actually make you happier.

Researchers from the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark recruited 1,095 Facebook users between the ages of 16 and 76. 94% of the participants said they visited Facebook as part of their daily routine. They were then split into two groups: one was allowed to use Facebook as usual, while the other was forced to give it up completely.

After just a week, 88% of those who had quit Facebook said they felt “happy,” compared to 81% of those who continued using the social network. Those who gave up Facebook also reported feeling more enthusiastic, less lonely, less worried, and more decisive. They said they found it easier to concentrate, and that quitting the social network allowed them to spend more face time with friends and family. Maybe this finding has something to do with all the FOMO we get from Facebook, since people tend to share only momentous occasions — like vacations, babies, graduations, and birthdays — on the social media platform.

However, it’s important to note that the results are based on self-reported answers; researchers were able to identify a link between happiness and Facebook use, but it’s not a causal relationship. There’s still more research to be done to see if these results hold true past the week mark.

But, hey, maybe there’s something to it. We might be more satisfied with our own life if we’re not constantly inundated by posts about that of others.

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Don’t you love it? I’m not sure if I feel more happy yet, but I certainly have found that I’ve got more time, and significantly less negativity in my life…which is awesome! 🙂 I’ve never been much of a sufferer of FOMO (fear of missing out) – rather, I found myself annoyed at people who bragged about their lives all the time. I don’t have that annoyance around anymore…so people can toot their horns as much as they want – and I don’t hear a thing. Rejoice! 🙂 Are you a social media user? Do you think that it has a positive or a negative effect on your life? I can’t wait to hear from you! 🙂 (through here, obviously….and NOT through Facebook! 😉 )

xxx

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