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14 Things Science Has Taught Us About Facebook

Breaking: Everyone has more friends than you and it's probably not a good idea to stalk people.

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1. The more you interact with Facebook, the worse you tend to feel.

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This study involved college students reporting how they felt and how much they’d used Facebook five times a day for two weeks. Higher Facebook use was associated with more negative feelings.

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.

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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.

12. Facebook users spend fewer hours per week studying than people who don't use Facebook.

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Even when non-Facebook users spend the same amount of time on the internet. That doesn't necessarily mean Facebook use is to blame for those lower grades.