The Facebook Experiment: Quitting Facebook Leads to Higher Levels of Well-Being

@article{Tromholt2016TheFE,
  title={The Facebook Experiment: Quitting Facebook Leads to Higher Levels of Well-Being},
  author={Morten Tromholt},
  journal={Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking},
  year={2016},
  volume={19 11},
  pages={
          661-666
        }
}
  • Morten Tromholt
  • Published 2016
  • Psychology, Computer Science, Medicine
  • Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking
Most people use Facebook on a daily basis; few are aware of the consequences. Based on a 1-week experiment with 1,095 participants in late 2015 in Denmark, this study provides causal evidence that Facebook use affects our well-being negatively. By comparing the treatment group (participants who took a break from Facebook) with the control group (participants who kept using Facebook), it was demonstrated that taking a break from Facebook has positive effects on the two dimensions of well-being… Expand
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