#Facebook admits that spending time on its website can be bad for you

Screenshot 2017-12-16 at 09.45.35Facebook has faced mounting criticism that social media could be ripping society apart.

On Friday, the social media giant acknowledged that spending time on its website can be bad for you — if you’re merely consuming information, but not interacting with your family and friends.

“Just like in person, interacting with people you care about can be beneficial, while simply watching others from the sidelines may make you feel worse,” wrote David Ginsberg, Facebook’s director of research, and Moira Burke, a research scientist at the tech firm, in a blog post.

From ads linked to fake news, Facebook and other tech firms have been grappling with how they might be harming democracy.

Mercury News

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