Facebook ‘community’ plan leaves users … depressed

A Facebook strategy to emphasize users’ participation in “community,” rather than just entertainment, is leaving them depressed, a study shows.

Wired has reported on the details of the issue.

After the social-media company was criticized for its role in the 2016 election, Facebook said last year it would build community online, by emphasizing interaction with friends and family and less “passive” consumption of content.

“But seeing posts from friends and family may make young people feel worse after spending time on social networks, according to a new study from research firm Ypulse, commissioned by image-sharing site Imgur. The survey, conducted in late February, asked 2,100 13-to-35-year-olds in the U.S. how they felt after using popular digital-media services including Netflix, YouTube, Reddit, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, Pinterest and Snapchat,” Wired reported.

“The study found that the more ‘social’ elements a service has, the more likely it is to make users

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