Facebook finally admits in a corporate blog post on Friday that too much use of social media can leave people feeling crummy.
The company said that when people spend a lot of time on reading but not interact with people in the form of messages and comments on your friends’ posts they report feeling worse afterward. It also reported that communicating actively with your friends lead to improvements in happiness.
There is nothing surprising in that, of course, Facebook has built a multi-billion dollar business with the world’s largest social network. But now Facebook says the important things is how we use social media when it comes to our welfare.
Facebook described with content on social media that people should share messages, comments, and posts with their close ones as it makes them feel better. So notably, scrolling through the news feed is bad, but liking and commenting when scrolling through the news feed is good.
However, the surprising thing is why suddenly Facebook is considering concerns about mental health in publicly associated with using Facebook.
With the yesterday’s post, the company revealed the perfect summarization of 2017. The company is trying to walk the boundary line between performing good and building a massive advertising business.
On another side, Facebook is under the pressure for being transparent about its business and taking responsibility for how people use the products of the company.
Facebook’s blog post concludes, “In the years ahead we’ll be doing more to dig into these questions, share our findings and improve our products. At the end of the day, we’re committed to bringing people together and supporting well-being through meaningful interactions on Facebook.”
The post comes at the end of a year as many people are questioning about the negative effect of social media on society. In addition to the concern, a growing number of high-ranking prior employees have expressed regrets about the products they developed at Facebook.