3 years, 10 months, 29 days. Beware: studies show Facebook makes people feel worse about themselves.

My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:

I apologize for the absence.  The election has brought concern and depression.  I fear for you.  There has been increasing reports of hate crimes leading up to and following the election.  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/southern-poverty-law-center-reports-outbreak-hate-after-election-n689601.  Be careful.

Also, be careful about the use of Facebook.  As one study states, “On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it.”

Facebook use predicts declines in subjective well-being in young adults.

Abstract

Over 500 million people interact daily with Facebook. Yet, whether Facebook use influences subjective well-being over time is unknown. We addressed this issue using experience-sampling, the most reliable method for measuring in-vivo behavior and psychological experience. We text-messaged people five times per day for two-weeks to examine how Facebook use influences the two components of subjective well-being: how people feel moment-to-moment and how satisfied they are with their lives. Our results indicate that Facebook use predicts negative shifts on both of these variables over time. 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. Interacting with other people “directly” did not predict these negative outcomes. They were also not moderated by the size of people’s Facebook networks, their perceived supportiveness, motivation for using Facebook, gender, loneliness, self-esteem, or depression. On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23967061

All my love, always,

Dad

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