I feel better already.
Facebook makes us unhappy because we spend a lot of time engaging in social comparison—measuring our achievements and self-worth against our acquaintances’ status updates.
When we log off, we may still hear about envy-inducing tropical vacations and exciting book deals. But we’ll hear about the boring and bad stuff too: the bout of food poisoning that spoiled the end of the trip, or the fearsome case of writer’s block.
People who’ve given up Facebook say that they’re less up to date on the daily goings-on of their social network, but they’re still in close contact with the people they really care about. And in regular conversation, people are less apt to present their lives in highlight reels—which makes everyone feel a little more human.