A fresh study conducted into the psychological effects of social media conducted by the University of Michigan has concluded that Facebook serves only to make us lonely and less sociable.
The study will come as bad news to Facebook’s growing army of 1.1bn members as a growing awareness of the perils presented by technology for social interactions become evident.
These conclusions followed the observation of 82 participants who were asked to complete an online survey about their Facebook use five times a day over a period of two weeks.
Commenting on the resulting findings psychologist Ethan Kross observed: “The more people used Facebook at one time point, the worse they felt the next time we text-messaged them; the more they used Facebook over two weeks, the more their life satisfaction levels declined over time.”
Surprisingly these trends were not moderated by the number of Facebook friends or their perceived closeness.