Thursday, January 31, 2019

Benefits of leaving Facebook flaunted in new study

Subjects in a Stanford study were paid $100 on average to quit Facebook for a month.


  • Improved subjective wellbeing
  • Increased the amount of time spent doing offline social activities
  • Led to a significant reduction of Facebook use after the study (abstinence) was over


  • More time watching TV alone
  • Less informed about political views

We find little evidence to support the hypothesis suggested by prior work that Facebook might be more beneficial for ‘active’ users – for example, users who regularly comment on pictures and posts from friends and family instead of just scrolling through their news feeds.

[…] other innovations, from novels to television to nuclear energy, have had a similar trajectory of overblown optimism about their potential to a backlash of alarm about their harm. In each case, these innovations are still with us, but the ways we use them and think about them have changed drastically over the years, in large part due to empirical research like this study.