A new study conducted by the researchers at Stanford University and New York University has revealed that termination of Facebook can help improve mental health. However, the research, which involved 2,844 participants, also found that users who stop using Facebook may find themselves less informed about the news.
Half of the study participants were paid around $ 100 or so to disable their Facebook accounts for a four-week period. During this period, the researchers carefully monitored how the participants felt.
Participants who joined Facebook reported not only feeling happier, but also increasing their time socializing with family and friends. At the same time, when presented with statements about the latest news, the participants who joined Facebook were more likely to get the answer wrong or reported to be uncertain about the answer.
"The majority of the treatment group agreed that deactivation was good for them, but they were also more likely to believe that people would miss Facebook if they used it less," the authors added. "Deactivation caused small but significant improvements in well-being, and especially on self-reported happiness, life satisfaction, depression and anxiety. Effects on subjective well-being measured by responses to short, daily text messages are positive but not significant."
However, the researchers noted that the findings should be interpreted with caution, as the effects may differ with the duration or extent of