Facebook: to feel better

Facebook has defended claims that by using the website, you can harm the well-being and mental health.

In a blogpost, said that while there was evidence that it may negatively affect the mood, the way in which the people affected is determined by how they are used.

Facebook is out of tune could be combated by making more use of the site, and interacting positively, he said.

A social media expert said that the way Facebook was built, it was difficult to use it in those ways best.Active use

Questions about the impact of Facebook came to the fire, last week, following comments from Sean Parker, Facebook’s first president, and Chamath Palihapitiya, a former executive of the company.

Mr. Parker said that the site “feedback loop” that helped ensure people kept coming back.

Mr. Palihapitiya said that the social network was “ripping society apart”, and exploited human psychology to maintain its grip on its users.

In response, Facebook said it had changed much in six years, Mr Palihapitiya left, and were no longer interested in expanding its base of users.

In a recent blog post, Facebook, director of research, David Ginsberg, said that there was a continuous debate within the company, if the time spent on social media has been good for the people.

Mr. Ginsberg said that there had been “compelling research” that linked a rise in depression among adolescents, the increase in consumption of social media, and that seemed to be the way in which the technology had changed relationships.

But in the face of these disadvantages have been the benefits that has shown social-media use might improve mood and help maintain the social ties that it has directly affected the well-being and resilience.

What has made the difference, he said, is how people have used Facebook.

“Just like in person, interacting with the people you care for can be useful, while simply watching others from the bench can make you feel worse,” wrote Mr. Ginsberg.

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Be more active on Facebook in a proactive manner and engage with people was better than just passively consumption of updates and posts, she said.

Facebook is now engineering the site, to help people to be active participants instead of spectators, Mr. Ginsberg said.

He also created tools, such as the Take A Break feature, which allow you to manage people, how to interact with the former partner, to help limit the emotional consequences.

Dr Bernie Hogan, senior research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, who has written a lot on Facebook, was skeptical about how it would be easy for people to use the site for “positive interaction”.

“What the researchers are valiantly trying to do is what they believe is a good way to use Facebook,” he said. “What they are talking about is not the way that the course is not what Facebook is in the process of design.”

“They say that the solution is more interactivity, more personal feedback, and less than broadcasting,” he said. “The problem is that they are engineering tools to more television.”