1. The more you interact with Facebook, the worse you tend to feel.
2. And higher Facebook use has also been linked to being less satisfied with your life.
The same study got participants to fill in a life-satisfaction survey before and after the two-week study. The researchers found that people who used Facebook more over the two weeks had a larger decline in life satisfaction.
8. You are less like your Facebook friends than you think.
A study asked Facebook users to answer political questions and say how they think their friends would answer the same questions — and then get those friends to do the same. Turns out, people consistently overestimate how much their friend’s political views aligned with their own.
10. Your Facebook likes probably reveal more than you think they do.
Last year a study showed that a Facebook user’s race, age, IQ, sexuality, personality, substance use, and political views can be predicted based just on the pages they like on Facebook. The researchers were able to distinguish between gay and straight men accurately in 88% of cases, between African-Americans and Caucasian Americans in 95% of cases, and between Democrats and Republicans in 85% of cases.
13. Your Facebook friends have more friends than you.
On average. This reflects something known to sociologists as the “friendship paradox,” first described by sociologist Scott Feld in 1991. It’s true for the vast majority of people, thanks to a tiny minority who are super popular.