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Leaving Facebook Makes You Happier and Less Informed, Study Finds

• by Daniel Oberhaus

Last March I deleted my Facebook account and never looked back. In the year since I left Facebook (and every other social media platform), I've experienced a significant improvement in my quality of life—I spend more time on my hobbies, feel less anxious and angry from constant exposure to the news cycle, have a noticeably longer attention span, and feel more present in the moment when I'm hanging out with friends and family.

Everyone is different, of course, and it would be easy to dismiss my positive subjective experience after leaving Facebook as an anomaly or rationalization. According to a massive new study conducted by researchers at Stanford and New York University, I am far from alone.

The randomized study, which hasn't been peer reviewed yet, measured the wellbeing of hundreds of individuals for a month after they left Facebook and found that the experience improved their subjective wellbeing, increased the amount of time they spent doing offline activities, and led to a significant reduction of Facebook use after the study was over.

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