Is Using Facebook Bad For Your Health? Research Says Yes

Dr. Deanna Lites
January 09, 2019 - 9:46 am
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In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)


DETROIT (WWJ) - Is Facebook bad for your health? 

According to a new study out of England, comparing yourself to others on Facebook can actually have negative effects on your health.

Researchers say study participants who compared themselves to others reported sleep problems, weight fluctuations and muscle tension, as well as anxiety and depression.

Social comparison is a process where we make comparisons to others in order to evaluate our lives, and it is more likely to occur when we feel uncertain about our situation. Researchers believe that the increased use of Facebook may be associated with more opportunities to compare ourselves unfavorably to others who we perceive to be "better off" than ourselves.

Dr. Howard Belkin, a psychiatrist in Birmingham, says keep in mind that what you see on Facebook is not always real.

"People only post good things on Facebook, they Photoshop pictures, they only show photographs of the happy times that they have," he said. "People get a snapshot of a person's life, which is different than the actual life." 

If you find after scrolling on Facebook you don't feel so great, it may be time to take a break.