Quitting Facebook for a month might make you happier

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Facebook is the biggest social media platform in the world – and probably you, your friends and your grandma use it on a daily basis. Although this may be the case, according to experts, the platform may not be good for your health and taking a break once in a while, might make you happier.

A recent study on Cyberphysiology, Behaviour and Social Networking  found that Facebook quitters are less likely to be envious and had an improved emotional life.

PsychCentral editor Sarah Newman shares the same sentiments when she writes about her experience of quitting Facebook. She says she had some privacy, stopped comparing herself to others and stop feeling alienated by the opinions of others. Even though at times she misses it, “For me, the benefits far outweigh the losses.”

A report from SELF concurring with this study, says there are benefits to quitting. They list at least six health benefits such as:

Better sleep

Better one-on-one interactions

Reduce anxiety

Curb FOMO Positive attitude

More physical active

According to a new study from Stanford University and New York University quitting Facebook for a month makes users happier.

"We find that four weeks without Facebook improves subjective well-being and substantially reduces post-experiment demand, suggesting that forces such as addiction and projection bias may cause people to use Facebook more than they otherwise would," Hunt Allcott study author and associate professor at New York University was quoted by Phys.org

The study says that those who quit spent more time with family and friends and didn’t feel the need to waste time on other social media platforms.

So maybe it’s time to go on that Facebook detox?

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