Facebook has admitted social media can be bad for your mental health but claims the remedy to feeling blue is to post on its site more often.
Experts have long linked intense social media use to depression and low self esteem but tech giants have tended to avoid the thorny issue.
Facebook has acknowledged that it can have a negative impact on mental health. In a blog post Facebook’s director of research David Ginsberg and research scientist Moira Burke acknowledged social media can leave people “feeling worse”, Sun UK reports.
But they argued that how you use social media has a big impact on how it will effect your wellbeing.
Passively scrolling through your Facebook news feed to see who is getting married or enjoying the holiday of a lifetime may make you feel bad, the blog post says.
But Mr Ginsberg argues that if you use the site to chat with friends and share experiences it can be beneficial.
He wrote: “In general when people spend a lot of time passively consuming information – reading but not interacting with people – they report feeling worse afterwards.”
Facebook has said the remedy to harmful effects on mood is to post more often.
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