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Title of Article/Issue: For this case study analysis focused on social media, the topic of interest is Facebook’s effect on the psychological and emotional health of its users. The piece of journalism which the case study takes up is the article by Maria Konnikova, How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy, which appeared in the magazine, The New Yorker, on September 10, 2013.
Define the Situation
A. List the relevant facts. State facts in complete sentences. (List more than five facts.) At the end of your list, cite reference from your source(s).
1. A study by the University of Michigan psychologist, Ethan Kross, found that the happiness of Facebook users was inversely proportional to the amount they used Facebook; i.e. the more they used Facebook, the less happy they were and the more their “overall satisfaction” decreased.
2. That result is in line with previous research which has found that the more people use the Internet, the “lonelier and more depressed they felt…their sense of happiness and social connectedness dropped”.
3. To address concern over whether the effects observed have more to do with the users themselves than the effects...
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