June 1, 2014 – Sadness Derived From Passive Use of Facebook.
Some researchers have discovered that Facebook makes users sad, while the results of other studies showed opposite findings. The debate has gone on for awhile. Ethan Kross, the psychologist who led a study that was released in August 2013, improved upon the previous studies that had only used cross-sectional data. Previous studies had only given researchers a snapshot of a subject’s mood. Kross wanted to examine a progression of moods over a period of time. As time went on, he found that passive users of Facebook were the ones who became sad. However, first, Kross had to cause an internet frenzy.