The Grass Is Always Greener on Someone Else's Facebook Essay

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Alex Hardigree The Grass is Always Greener On Someone Else’s Facebook: How Social Networking is Taking Away Our Happiness One Click at a Time Over the last few years, Facebook has become more than just a popular social media site. It’s become a major way to connect with friends and family, find seemingly long-lost people from our past, and most of all, stick our noses in the business of absolutely everyone that we may - or may not - know. Although this overwhelming access to the everyday happenings of dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of people is undeniably intriguing, fun, and sometimes a helpful source of connection, there is a huge downside to this ever expansive social network; the common illusion that many others’ lives are far more interesting or happy than ours. Facebook may be a great site for easy reconnection and staying in the social loop, but it’s also a breeding ground for jealousy, false judgement, and negative views of our own lives. To find out just how strongly Facebook influences the happiness of its regular users, the Department of Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University conducted a study in which 425 surveys were given to undergraduate students, asking how long/often they have used Facebook, and then asking them if they believed others had better lives, as well as if they believed their own life was unfair. The results showed that there was a strong correlation between people who regularly used Facebook and people who believed that their lives were somewhat unfair and others had better, 2 happier lives. This goes to show that Facebook gives off an intense “grass is always greener on the other side” effect. Nicholas Edge, co-author of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, gives two reasons for why this noticeable change of judgment occurs with regular Facebook users. The first reason is that these users have more of

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