The interplay between Facebook use, social comparison, envy, and depression

@inproceedings{Appel2016TheIB,
  title={The interplay between Facebook use, social comparison, envy, and depression},
  author={Helmut Appel and Alexander L. Gerlach and Jan Crusius},
  year={2016}
}
In their Facebook profiles, users communicate abundant social comparison information conveying mainly positive self-portrayals. Thereby, social networking sites like Facebook provide a fertile ground for envy. This has been proposed as a mechanism for the potential negative effects of Facebook use on well-being and depression. This article reviews research on this process. Studies show that (especially passive) Facebook use indeed predicts different measures of social comparison as well as envy… CONTINUE READING

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