How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy By Maria Konnikova

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In the article, “How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy”, the author, Maria Konnikova deals with the issue whether Facebook makes its users unhappy. She is being neutral as she does not use bias language in this article. She provides various researches which proved that Facebook does make its users unhappy. Besides, there are also research findings which proved that Facebook does give some benefits. The author used general languages through which she is being objective to inform the public about this issue. Maria Konnikova first assumes that no one joins Facebook to be sad and lonely. However, she found a study by Ethan Cross (2013), a psychologist from the University of Michigan and his colleagues which argue that people who used Facebook will become unhappy. They wanted to find out how the use of Facebook can affect them. The support is objective because the author presents facts and clear evidence, for example research done by Robert Kraut (1998) found that more people used the Web, the lonelier and more depressed they felt. In addition, after people went online for the first time, their sense of happiness and social connectedness dropped. She states that the Internet seemed to make the users feel more alienated. To support her assumption, she provides research findings which confirmed that the use of Internet had a significant detrimental effect of overall well-being. Facebook also cause problems in relationships, by increasing feelings of jealousy. A group of researchers
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