The Happiness Research Institute from Denmark come with facts after 1 week of studying 1,095 regular Facebook users:
a) 5 out of 10 envy the amazing experiences of others posted on Facebook
b) 1 out of 3 envy how happy other people seem on Facebook
c) 4 out of 10 envy the apparent success of others on Facebook
Conclusion: Part of the reason for feeling better after a week of avoiding Facebook could be down to Facebook envy.
After the week, people in the ‘treatment’ group reported all sorts of improvements: a better social life, finding it easier to concentrate, being in a better mood and wasting less time.
Next stage for the researchers at the Happiness Institute is get people to give up Facebook for a whole year.