Want to stay emotionally and physically healthy? Researchers from the University of California -- San Diego and Yale have some simple advice for you: Limit the amount of time you spend on Facebook. While this may sound like typical anti-social media crankiness from academia, this time there’s some impressive research to back it up. Holly Shakya, assistant professor at UCSD, and Yale professor Nicholas Christakis spent two years following 5,208 adults who are part of a Gallup long-term study.
Social media can generate "false peer pressure." Since most people are cautious about posting negative or upsetting experiences on Facebook, the social network creates a misleading environment where everyone seems to be doing better and having more fun than you are. As the researchers put it, “Exposure to the carefully curated images from others’ lives leads to negative self-comparison.” As a small business owner, it's important to manage your energy wisely, so if you find social media draining or depressing, consider cutting back or eliminating it altogether. After all, you want to feel and be your best when you're running and growing your company.