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Jan302011

Does Facebook Make You Jealous, Unhappy?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Is Facebook making you sad? Do you look at your friends’ status updates and pictures and think their lives are more exciting than yours?

New research out of Stanford University says we often compare ourselves to others and think that they are leading more fulfilling and happy lives. And while that may not be a new phenomenon, social media may be making it worse.

A PhD student at Stanford conducted a study to find out how happy we think our friends are, and whether we’re right. He and his fellow researchers asked college freshmen to estimate how many positive and negative experiences they think their friends are having.

Turns out the students overestimated their friends’ quality of life.

In a separate study, researchers found the more that people overestimate how happy their friends were, the more upset they are with their own lives.

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