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Even Facebook admits its site can be bad for you - but says people who suffer ill effects are 'using it wrong'

12:05, Saturday, 16 December, 2017
Even Facebook admits its site can be bad for you - but says people who suffer ill effects are 'using it wrong'

Facebook has struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.

Facebook, in a corporate blog post, said that social media can be good for people's well-being if they use the technology in a way that is active, such as messaging with friends, rather than passive, such as scrolling through a feed of other people's posts.

It said 'our research and other academic literature suggests that it’s about how you use social media that matters when it comes to your well-being.'

In its blog post, Facebook acknowledged what it called 'compelling research' on the negative effects of social media and cited two such academic studies.

The company said, though, that those studies are 'not the whole story.'

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