New study links Facebook usage to unhappiness

In this Feb. 5, 2007 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles in this office in Palo Alto, Calif. Zuckerberg turns 28 on Monday, May 14, 2012. He's considerably younger than the average FORTUNE 500 CEO, of course. But while some investors worry that Zuckerberg is too young to lead Facebook as a public company, experts point out that Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Michael Dell were in their 20s when their companies had IPOs. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

August 16, 2013 12:11:52 PM PDT
The more you use Facebook, the sadder you are. That's according to a new study out Friday morning.

Researchers at the University of Michigan have linked the time spent on the social networking website with overall happiness; or, the lack thereof.

The reasoning is straightforward -- the social comparison process is at play when users constantly peruse other friends' profiles.

And since people typically post positive things on their walls -- like vacation photos and job and relationship successes -- some of us feel left out.