A cat and a dog just can't, Starbucks hates baby Jesus, and everyone's girlfriend is way hotter in pictures. That's a pretty basic summary of the typical Facebook news feed, and none of that information is going to better your life. In fact, it's frustrating as hell. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a new study conducted by the Happiness Research Institute suggests that giving up Facebook will make you a happier person.
The study of 1,095 people included 94% who said they used Facebook as part of a daily routine, and 86% who said they browsed their news feeds often, making them ideal lab rats. The trial compared the level of happiness between a group that gave up Facebook for a week, and a control group that used Facebook as usual. And when the week was up, the participants were asked to evaluate their lives -- something they probably should have done anyway, considering how integral Facebook is in their lives.
In the end, the study reported a "significantly higher level of satisfaction" among those who laid off Facebook. Participants also reported feeling "less sad and lonely" when out of the Facebook world, which is funny, considering Facebook is a "social" network. Perhaps an anti-social network?
If you take this study seriously, it means that reading about how #blessed your ex-best friend from high school feels with her new #bae doesn't make you happy. And ironically, you probably came here from Facebook. So, uh... stop using Facebook, and subscribe to Thrillist's email (this is only half of a joke).
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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and social media is a mystery she's still trying to unravel. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her confused tweets at @karatillie.