According to a researcher from University of Houston, social comparison paired with the amount of time spent on Facebook may be linked to depressive symptoms among users."People afflicted with emotional difficulties may be particularly susceptible to depressive symptoms due to Facebook social comparison after spending more time on the medium," said Mai-Ly Steers, doctoral candidate in social psychology.

For already distressed individuals, this distorted view of their friends' lives may make them feel alone in their internal struggles which may compound their feelings of loneliness and isolation.One danger is that Facebook often gives us information about our friends that we are not normally privy to which gives us even more opportunities to socially compare."You cannot really control the impulse to compare because you never know what your friends are going to post," Steers said.In addition, most of our Facebook friends tend to post about the good things that occur in their lives, while leaving out the bad.

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