Written by Dr. Sreedhar Potarazu
It turns out that as many as one in every three people who use social media like Facebook experience feelings of jealousy and envy after spending time on these sites, according to a new study.
With the growing use of social media as the norm for how we communicate, there is increasing evidence and suggestion that there may be a correlation between how often one uses social media and a linkage to mental health issues.
The fact that a significant percentage of people check Facebook even before they get out of bed is an indication of the social anxieties and pressures that have been created by this new medium.
The study revealed that significant emotional damage was experienced by users who were looking at positive posts and posts of Facebook friends who were smiling and looking happy.
In some respects, Facebook has become the place for people to flaunt their successes.
When was the last time you saw anyone post something bad or embarrassing that happened to them?
In fact, researchers have found vacation photos caused the highest level of resentment among Facebook users who reported to experience a high amount of envy.
In a world already flooded with social pressures where teenagers and young adults are attempting to find their true identity and not be judged, Facebook has created a new standard of social acceptance.
Social interaction has been rated as the second most common cause of envy especially when users compare how many likes or comments were made on their photos and postings.
For individuals in their mid-30s and 40s Facebook envy was most often experienced by women looking at postings or photographs related to family happiness or physical attractiveness.
If anybody watched the "The Social Network," it is clear the underlying contention by which Facebook was created – a means for rating girls at Harvard – still remains a strong current for social mediums.
If we step back for a moment, one has to ask themselves when the norm for social acceptance was based on quantity versus quality.
The recent German study is not the first to study the social effects of Facebook.