If you want to be happier try Facetime over Facebook - latest research:

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If you want to be happier try Facetime over Facebook - latest research:

Bottom Line: New research, similar outcome. Facebook often leads to unhappy places. Personal interaction generally leaves you feeling happy. This from the latest study by the Harvard Business Review published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. 

We've had research demonstrating the impact of negativity of on social media - especially during and after last year's election cycle and while that's true and of concern - it's not the only way that we become demoralized on social media. Here's an excerpt from the study:

"Exposure to the carefully curated images from others' lives leads to negative self-comparison, and the sheer quantity of social media interaction may detract from more meaningful real-life experiences," 

So as it turns out - even the perceived positives of others often leads to us feeling worse about ourselves. Conversely, the majority of personal interaction leads to a positive experience emotionally. So whether it's actual face time with people or the use of Facetime on a mobile device - that type of personal experience is consistently more likely to leave you feeling better than social media experiences. 

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