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How "lurking" on Facebook will ruin your Christmas

Mirror logo Mirror 23/12/2016 Joshua Barrie

© Getty We're going to gamble here and suggest you go on Facebook every day. If not, fairly frequently. Right? 

Well, a new study suggests that doing so will make you miserable at Christmas time.

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen say that "lurking" on social media can create of amplify feelings of envy. Apparently, gazing at snaps of "perfect" families having idyllic Christmas celebrations won't make you feel very good.

Have Susan and Jeff gone skiing again? Are they drinking champagne in the Alps?

The university says that people should probably take a break from social media – and if not completely, to refrain from excessive use.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Scientists at the Danish university studied more than 1,300 participants (mostly women) and concluded that "regular use of social networking such as Facebook can negatively affect your emotional well-being and satisfaction with life".

Importantly, it's the "lurking" that can be most damaging. Simply scrolling through endless boasts and photos of presents – which probably aren't the whole story anyway – is the real issue. 

Researchers say that "actively engaging" and having conversations with people is a more positive experience.

It's "passive" behaviour that stirs things up, the study, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking, says.

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