“The modification of the algorithm of Facebook will not bring any well-being added to the users “

Forum. In the past few months, Facebook is on the hot seat. He is accused in a jumble to make young people “addicted” to their smartphone, to facilitate the harassment, spreading false information, destroy the pleasure of living by fanning the social comparison and cutting off from real life… Excessive ?

The subject is not taken lightly. To the point that its founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the algorithm of the social network had been redesigned to improve the “well-being” of the community. Facebook will give less visibility to the brand messages and media on the network and more publications close friends and family. In order to strengthen social bonds, says Mark Zuckerberg.

Is it a relevant choice ? We conducted a search* with two thousand users in France and Spain, to better understand their expectations, and in particular whether they liked the network, especially because it allowed them to stay in touch with their close friends and to receive emotional support, or rather because it allowed them to interact with many people, with diverse profiles.

It seems that internet users are now using Facebook to get in value vis-à-vis their friends in ” real life ”

The answers were very clear. It is in reality the opening on the outside that brings well-being. Have a large number of” friends ” on Facebook (our respondents have on average 148) increases the probability to learn new things and to be abreast of the latest news, what desire of the respondents. The focus on intimate decreases, however, significantly positive effect of the network on well-being.

How do you explain these results ? It seems that internet users are now using Facebook to get in value vis-à-vis their friends in “real life” by sharing…

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