It is still unknown the importance that the recent events relating to Facebook and privacy , but what is clear is that they have served to make people aware. “Thanks” to Cambridge Analytica we have been able to know the exaggerated exposure to which our personal data were -and are- exposed . This has been the spark that has caused many people -among them a server- have decided to leave Facebook and look for other social networks. The most curious thing is that leaving Zuckerberg is not only good for our data, but also for our own mood .
An investigation carried out by Eric Vanman (University of Queensland, United States) has discovered that taking a Facebook’s five-day break help to reduce stress levels . This is due, according to the study, to the fact that the abandonment of the social network reduces the production of cortisol, known as the “stress hormone”. However, some users confess a reduction of your well-being after not visiting the web for a week . Many of them say they feel better after accessing it, which may be because, in one way or another, leaving Facebook the social relationships that they generate through them are cut .
The most curious thing is that visiting the web after five days of abstinence is “bread for today and hunger for tomorrow”, given that, although it is true that accessing Facebook calmed the anxiety, it was back past a small margin of time . “It seems that people take a break from Facebook because they are too stressed, but they go back [to Facebook] every time they feel unhappy because they feel isolated from their friends. After a while they get stressed again, so they take another break . And so” , says the author of the study.
On the other hand, researchers from Happiness Research Institute of Denmark they discovered that 88% of people feel happy after leaving Zuckerberg’s social network . Thus, users claim to feel more excited, less alone, more decisive and less worried. Sophie Anne Dornoy, one of the participants in the study, whose appointment includes the Daily Mail , says that “After a few days I noticed that my to-do list was getting faster than normal as I spent my time more productively […] I also felt a kind of tranquility thanks to not being attracted to Facebook all the time” .
Finally, this last study concludes that users who do not use Facebook spend more time with their families and have more facilities to concentrate . On the other hand, users who visit the social network can often feel anxious due to the envy produced by the posts published by their friends.
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