Reading Unit. Reading for Insights: “Does Social Media Make People Sadder?”

In an interesting segment on the podcast, “Hidden Brain,” a researcher said, “Using Facebook makes you more comparative.  You compare yourself to others more often.  You judge yourself.  Am I better or worse?  Am I happier?  Are other people happier than me?” (Excerpt from the article.)

(This posting includes handouts which you are welcome to use with your students.)

See FREE Reading Units: Reading for Insights (Introduction) for an introduction to these reading units.

Study Guide, Reflection & Vocabulary for  Does Social Media Make People Sadder? (and excerpts)

ArticleDoes Social Media Make People Sadder Article

Study Guide, Reflection & VocabularyDoes Social Media Make People Sadder Study Guide

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Excerpts

13 Barzilay wanted to explore the relationship between how much time we spend on social media and how happy we are.  Many studies have shown that people who often use social media seem to be less happy than those who don’t.  However, the researchers wondered about two possible reasons for this.  One would be a correlation.   Are lonely people using social media to escape from their lonely or unhappy lives?  The other would be cause:  Is social media causing people to feel unhappy?

 

18 There is a fear that others are having better lives than we have.  There is another type of fear closely connected to social media.  It’s called FOMO (fear of missing out).  This can happen when we look at photos and descriptions of our friends’ experiences on social media of events that we did not attend.  This can cause us to be less happy at the present moment even if we ourselves had been having an enjoyable experience.

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Onward!

David Kehe

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