Facebook Lurking, Stalking Are Dangerous; Social Media Can Make User Miserable During Holidays

By Daniela Lozano , Updated Dec 26, 2016 06:18 AM EST

Research claimed that the use of social media apps like Facebook could be dangerous to people. The over usage of it can make a user feel miserable especially during the holiday season.

A report from BBC News suggested that too much lurking on Facebook and other social media sites can make a person feel miserable. Studies claimed that stalking friends on Facebook can make a social media user miserable, as the users see happy friends, while they are not having fun themselves can make them feel unhappy.

The research claimed that "regular use of social networking such as Facebook can negatively affect your emotional well-being and satisfaction with life". The study even suggested that people must take a break in using social media.

A University of Copenhagen researched about the social media effects in people. The research found out that the over usage of social media can make a user feel envious about what their friends post on the said website. The University reportedly warns the negative impact of lurking to people who use social media often without communicating to anybody important. Even though a person might have lots of friends on Facebook, the reports claimed that these people are not really a friend in life.

The researcher even claimed that a person who uses and lurks on social media, as it can deteriorate their mood. Social media stories can also result to unrealistic social comparisons. Social media users can make people feel jealous and envy, while they see boasts and posts of other users on line.

However, the researchers claimed that people must engage in conversations and connect with their friends on Facebook rather than just look at other people's posts. Facebook users must not be passive and lurk on the website for hours to avoid feeling unhappy and gloomy.

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