Internet & Happiness
We need a healthy mixture!
Burger showed in his studies that social networking generally has no effect on people´s happiness. There are, however, negative effects on people who spend excessive time on online-platforms while losing sight of the real life. That makes them unhappier. Social networks should not be considered as a replacement of real relationships with “real conversations”. Being together with family, friends, or other social bonds is a significant “happiness source”. However, research cannot present evidence against the use of social networks “in moderation”. For many people, online-platforms represent an interesting and exciting addition to their social fabric. Nowadays, it is no problem to have regional or international contacts. That enables an exchange of a social and cultural diversity which would not be possible without the internet. Consequently, social networks offer an addition but not a replacement in the people´s real life. It is important to hold a balance between social networks in the real life and the online-platforms and to ask yourself occasionally: does this really make me happy?
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