Is Facebook and looking at all your friends vacation and baby posts making you miserable?
Feelings of misery and loneliness may be the result of witnessing the triumphs of others in your Facebook news feed, according to German researchers.
About one in three felt worse after visiting Facebook regularly, with those who browsed the news feed but not contributing anything feeling the worst.
Vacation photos caused more resentment than anything, with vacation pictures taking over half of the causes of lonely feeling from those who were studied.
“Passive following triggers invidious emotions, with users mainly envying happiness of others, the way others spend their vacations and socialize,” said the researchers. As a result, many of these Facebook users boasting more and more about their achivements in order to portray themselves in a better light.