Having read Konnikova, Maria. “How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy” in the New Yorker, September 10th, 2013, accessed in January 24th, 2017, I feel very enlightened. I had no idea what I was doing to myself while continuously scrolling down the news feed, or looking at my buddies’ profiles. I thought I felt more relaxed or happy even, but now I realize how wrong I was.
The illusion of connectivity and being social really drags you swiftly down to loneliness, and the worst is how it catches you off guard. You can’t react to the evolution of depression.
Most of the time you will need your friends to help you rise from the pit. The depression and loneliness feeds themselves as you spend more and more time scrolling down deeper and deeper. The effect is similar to any other addiction.
Instead of chatting and socializing with your friends online, you are more likely to slowly get detached from them. When you only chat with them on the media and never catch up with each others, the bond of friendship starts to weaken.
Sometimes Facebook can be a great tool to share your greatest moments, organize events or communicate with friends living far away from you. Even so Facebook starts to make you feel worse rapidly if used just a bit too much.
So exactly how much is too much? — If only someone would know the answer.
Student from Espoo, Finland