London - We’ve all logged on to Facebook only to feel a pang of envy at a friend’s luxurious holiday photos or big promotion.
But according to scientists this online jealousy doesn’t just make us grumpy – it could actually be damaging our mental health.
A US study found the social networking site can lead to depression, especially among users who constantly compare their friends’ lives with their own.
Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia, who analysed the behaviour of 700 students, said that the website can be ‘a very positive resource’ if it is used as a way of chatting to friends.
But if it is seen as a way to ‘size up one’s own accomplishments’ against other people’s it can soon become troubling, they found.