Negative Effects of Facebook on Mental Health

Facebook admits itself that its use can leave people feel feeling worse and that it can be bad for user's mental health.Do we need more proof that supports the claim that Facebook effects one's mental health?

There are researchers who say that using social networking sites, including Facebook can damage the emotional well-being of people. When the mental health is effected, sleep problem, feeling of anxiety arises. Furthermore, people start to have depression and feel loneliness, said the participants of the research.

It is found in other studies that reading other people's Facebook profile leads to negative social comparison. Furthermore, reading other people's posts about their good life such as exciting travel experiences, beautiful family moments, bliss, money, etc. that they possess leave the person with inferiority complex and jealousy. This causes one to feel worse and feel down.

These are the issues that are experienced several times a day, since Facebook users tend to use Facebook several times a day. There are further consequences for being addicted to Facebook, which are mentioned here

Even an old study, which was conducted in 2013 showed that the more time young people spend time on Facebook, the worse they feel. More and more people nowadays experience bad moods, and other mental issues due to Facebook.  That was the reason perhaps Facebook considered introducing a few features in Facebook that would allow people to take a break from Facebook. The feature though small, may help people a bit with their mental health. The feature 'take a break' allows users choose what they want to see of their Facebook friends (e.g. exes, friends, superiors) and what they can see of yours.

We just learnt about effects of Facebook on one's mental health. But it doesn't end here, let us look at more problems we can face with Facebook. Read on...

Numerical Facts About Facebook

The following are amazing numerical facts about Facebook that will amaze you.

  1. Every minute, more than 50,000 links of different websites are shared on Facebook

  2. Every minute, more than 90,000 status updated are posted on Facebook.

  3. Every minute, more than 60,000 photos are tagged.

  4. Every minute, more than 150,000 messages are sent through Facebook

  5. Every minute, more than 90,000 friend requests are accepted.

  6. Every minute, more than 5 hundred thousand comments are posted.

  7. Every minute, more than 80 thousand wall posts are published.

  8. Every minute, more than 130,000 photos are uploaded on Facebook.

  9. Every hour, around 5 million videos are watched on Facebook.

  10. One in every thirteen persons in the world use Facebook.

  11. In USA, 72% of Internet users have a Facebook account.

  12. As per a survey, 50% of Americans, find out about latest news on Facebook

  13. Facebook users have on average 130 Facebook friends.

  14. Facebook users spend more than 700 billion minutes every month on Facebook

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Best Ways to Avoid the Dangers of Facebook

How to Avoid the Dangers of Facebook

In the Dangers of using Facebook article, I explained the top 6 dangers of using the world's most heavily used social networking site - Facebook.  If you are a Facebook user, you should be aware of these dangers, and now let's look at 10 ways to avoid the dangers of Facebook.

1. Don't Share Anything with Non-Friends

Make sure not to allow those who are not in your network of Facebook fiends to see your Facebook Profile, your Facebook About page, your Friends list and your timeline.

It is especially important not to allow non-friends to see your Friends list because someone can easily impersonate any of your friends, by creating a fake profile having same name as your friend's and same profile picture. The evil-doer will then send you a friend request. You will accept it thinking it is a genuine friend request. Now, he is in, and can see all your information including your timeline, your personal information, your statuses, your travel details, and much more.

2. Don't Share Everything with Every Friend Either

Don't fully trust all your friends either. All friends are not always the same. Your friend who has most of your secrets can become your worst enemy if situation between you two changes. Therefore, have boundaries.

To achieve this, don't post your correct date of birth, or at least don't post all parts of your DoB (Year, Month, Day) correct. Don't make all your posts visible to all your friends. Hide your statuses about traveling, office, home, etc from friends who you think could be jealous, or could be threat to you in any stage of your life. Remember, the more you reveal what you are doing, where you are, the spies, the identity thieves, the evil-doers will immediately take notice.

3. Protect Your Credit/Debit Cards

Think twice before uploading your credit card information on Facebook for payment of services like Facebook Ads, etc. Delete the card info from the site, if you are no longer advertising.

4. Don't Post Location of Your Whereabouts

Avoid posting locations where pictures were taken. Also don't geotag your photos, which shows exact location.

5. Be Careful with Third Party Applications

Don't trust all Facebook applications or games, whether on a desktop PC or in your Android or iOS phone. Many a times, when you download an app, it asks your permission to read your Facebook profile, or your personal information on Facebook. Most of us are in habit of clicking the 'Accept' button immediately, without reading the permission detail. Any app that doesn't require any login before you can use it, or any app that has nothing to do with account creation or Facebook shouldn't be asking for a Facebook permission.

So, always be careful with this. Whenever you are promoted to accept the permission for using the app, make sure you understand the use of app and read the permissions properly. Do not accept the permissions if they look dodgy. Tons of evil apps are out there which steal your personal information from your computer or mobile phone and from your Facebook account or they do things on Facebook in your name because you allowed the app to do so. So, always be very careful.

6. Strong Passwords

Create long and complex password and still change it at least once a month. Also, it is important now to use the same password on every different site i.e same password for Facebook, for your email account, etc.

7. Do not use public Wi-Fi.

8. Antivirus

Always make sure you have updated antivirus installed on your computer.

9. Web Browser

When your browser prompts to download any update, don't ignore it, accept to download it immediately.

10. Be vigilant!

Hope you found this information useful and that now you can say that you are now aware of dangers of using Facebook and also how to be safe from these dangers :)

Uses of Facebook Search Option That You Might Not Be Aware Of

Facebook Search is not used for a profile search only but for many other purposes too. Read on for many different great uses of Facebook search, which you might not be aware of yet.

1. Search for posts

Enter in a search box terms like 'photos of Adam with me', and it will show you all photo posts that have your and Adam's name in them. This is a quick way of searching through tons of your or your friend's specific posts, the easiest way.

2. Search for a person with his/her email or contact number or name

You can enter in a search box any email address or contact number, and Facebook will show you the Facebook profile associated with that contact number/email address.  Or simply enter person's name e.g. 'Harris John', you will see result for all 'Harris John' who have their profile on Facebook.

3. Search for posts or photos by a specific person 

Enter in Facebook search box terms like 'posts by Alena Sika' or 'posts by me', it will show you all posts by 'Alena Sika', or yourself.  

You can filter on posts as well when you enter the above-mentioned terms. For example, you may enter in search box 'posts by me "cars" ', and it will show you all your posts where you have mentioned the word 'cars'.  Make sure to put 'cars or any other of your term in the search box in " " .

Another filter you can use is of the date. For example, enter in search box 'photos of Alena Sika from 2012', and you will only see photos shared by 'Alena Sika' in year 2012.

4. Search for things liked or done by someone

You can enter in Facebook search 'posts liked by 'Alena Sika', and it will show you all the posts that are liked by 'Alena Sika'.

You can also enter things that have been done, or being done by someone. For example, enter in search box 'my friends traveling to London', and you will see all your friends who traveled to London, with their travel detail.  Another example is 'my friends who work at London Heathrow Airport', and you will see all your friends who work at London Heathrow airport.

Note that Facebook isn't a magic thing, hence it will only show you specific search results, if your friends have ever mentioned about that thing in their timeline

5. Search for a business page for their services/product or contact detail

Enter in Facebook search box any business name like 'Hardees in London', the search result will show you the business page, which you can open to view all detail about the business.

6. Search for a specific type of business in an area.

If you want to search for barbers in London for example, enter in the search box 'Barbers in London', you will get list of all barbers in London. Note only those ones will show in the result who have create their profile on Facebook.

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