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You Can Now Blame Your Weight Problems on Facebook

By - Source: Journal of Consumer Research | B 21 comments

If this study is true, we can conclude that every Facebook user is overweight and poor.

According to research coming out of Columbia University, the use of a social network can have a temporary positive effect on your self-esteem, but is likely to result in a lack of self-control after browsing such a network.

"Specifically, consumers focused on close friends are more likely to choose an unhealthy snack after browsing Facebook due to enhanced self-esteem," the press release promoting the release of the study in June 2013 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research reads. "Greater Facebook use was associated with a higher body-mass index, increased binge eating, a lower credit score, and higher levels of credit card debt for consumers with many close friends in their social network."

No need to consult Weight Watchers or Suze Orman anymore. Just lay off Facebook for a while to get your body weight back on track and your bank account into a less depressing state.

"These results are concerning given the increased time people spend using social networks, as well as the worldwide proliferation of access to social networks anywhere anytime via smartphones and other gadgets," the authors of the study wrote. "Given that self-control is important for maintaining social order and personal well-being, this subtle effect could have widespread impact. This is particularly true for adolescents and young adults who are the heaviest users of social networks and have grown up using social networks as a normal part of their daily lives."

 

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    zak_mckraken , December 12, 2012 3:41 PM
    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer...what?No. Just no. Facebook--specifically--makes you fatter, lowers your credit score, and raises your personal debt? You've gotta be kidding me.

    Well, it does lower your IQ...
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    Anonymous , December 12, 2012 3:07 PM
    Also results in over-inflated egos around the globe.
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    Squall321 , December 12, 2012 3:10 PM
    what about not visiting facebook until the new year.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , December 12, 2012 3:35 PM
    ...what?

    No. Just no. Facebook--specifically--makes you fatter, lowers your credit score, and raises your personal debt? You've gotta be kidding me.
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    zak_mckraken , December 12, 2012 3:41 PM
    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer...what?No. Just no. Facebook--specifically--makes you fatter, lowers your credit score, and raises your personal debt? You've gotta be kidding me.

    Well, it does lower your IQ...
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    dephiance , December 12, 2012 4:23 PM
    zak_mckrakenWell, it does lower your IQ...


    I spend a well amount of time on facebook. But I don't think it makes you more stupider.
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    sacre , December 12, 2012 4:23 PM
    oh just GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    You're big because you excessively eat. You eat inbetween meals, someone may eat a larger supper than you - but after that you eat little snacks. Little bag of chips, chocolate bar, a second plate of supper, stuff like that is what kills you.

    Eat a nice breakfast, a nice lunch, a nice supper (Nice as in not a big 2 plate size bowl of spaghetti) and you'll be fine.

    Hell I didn't even exercise much at all and I lost 75 pounds just by eating better foods and not eating between meals.

    OH and I didn't blame stupid shit all the time like mcdonalds and facebook. YOU put the food in your mouth, THEY DONT.

    People always ALWAYS looking for excuses... its absolutely pathetic. (Its genes, its glandular problems, its facebook, its the tv, its this, that, this, that)

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    Darkerson , December 12, 2012 4:27 PM
    The concept of taking responsibility for one's own actions has been dead and buried for a long time, especially when you can blame it on someone else and make a buck at the same time. SMH.
  • 4 Hide
    unoriginal1 , December 12, 2012 4:27 PM
    LMBO i agree 100% with Sacre. Excuses for lazy people get off your @ss and work out.
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    mrsphex , December 12, 2012 4:47 PM
    Just on a side note, don't you love how the survey is taken six months from now? Gotta love typos.
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    applegetsmelaid , December 12, 2012 5:25 PM
    What's even worse is that a respected university funded this study. People are overweight because of a lack of nutritional education and no value for physical exertion - people would rather waste time looking for a close parking spot than park far away and walk; take the elevator when they are only going up one floor; and security guards on seg-ways are just the worst. Anytime a person uses a seg-way is a slap in the face to every person in a wheelchair!
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    Devoteicon , December 12, 2012 6:01 PM
    "You can now blame you weight problems on Facebook"

    Ok, great. For a second there I thought maybe it was my fault. It feels good to know it's not. I'm gonna sue facebook for giving me diabetes.
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    bak0n , December 12, 2012 6:17 PM
    Sweet. I can't blame the spoon anymore for making me fat then.
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    lamorpa , December 12, 2012 6:22 PM
    sacreoh just GIVE ME A BREAK!!!You're big because blah, blah, blah

    Better big than bitter and nasty. Oh, and get a new keyboard. Your shift key is sticking. (no one reads comment filled with all-caps)
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    edgewood112358 , December 12, 2012 6:24 PM
    dephianceI spend a well amount of time on facebook. But I don't think it makes you more stupider.


    *More stupid
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    sacre , December 12, 2012 6:51 PM
    lamorpaBetter big than bitter and nasty. Oh, and get a new keyboard. Your shift key is sticking. (no one reads comment filled with all-caps)


    Bitter? Naw, just tired of large people making excuses all the damn time. Excuse after excuse after excuse. I was large 80% of my life and even then I told others to stop finding outlets. You overeat, stop over eating. Stop with the sweets, stop with the big bowls, stop with the lack of movement.

    Don't get me wrong - I know how damn hard it is. Its an addiction, an addiction you can't just "quit" you have to keep eating. Ciggs? Once you quit, you're done. Food? You can't quit.

    Its hard as f--k but don't go blaming companies and whatnot. You can however complain about prices... Healthy food in general is much more expensive than fatty foods.
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    lamorpa , December 12, 2012 7:19 PM
    sacreBitter? Naw, just tired of large people making excuses all the damn time. Excuse after excuse after excuse. I was large 80% of my life and even then I told others to stop finding outlets. You overeat, stop over eating. Stop with the sweets, stop with the big bowls, stop with the lack of movement.Don't get me wrong - I know how damn hard it is. Its an addiction, an addiction you can't just "quit" you have to keep eating. Ciggs? Once you quit, you're done. Food? You can't quit.Its hard as f--k but don't go blaming companies and whatnot. You can however complain about prices... Healthy food in general is much more expensive than fatty foods.

    Right on all accounts and a sentiment I can appreciate. Good for you. My first reply is invalidated. Blame is, of course, ineffective in all aspects of life.
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    jj463rd , December 12, 2012 7:31 PM
    I gained too much weight (about 60 pounds over BMI) over the last decade because I was living too much of a sedentary lifestyle.Spending all day in front of a screen doesn't help.
    What helped me a lot in changing this was ditching the (sedentary travel) car and getting a electric assisted bicycle for my commutes.I only use the electric assist motor for the hills in my area otherwise I pedal.Active transportation is great for losing weight.It gets me to my destination and back,is much less expensive than a car and I am now in much better physical condition after a year of doing this.
    If you can change some habits so you get more physical exercise you will have less weight gain.
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    JOSHSKORN , December 12, 2012 7:39 PM
    What about a New Years resolution to get off Facebook permanently? Yeah, that'll happen, just like the one that goes something like "I'm going to lose weight." Three weeks later, here come the cookies.
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    Kami3k , December 12, 2012 9:01 PM
    sacreHell I didn't even exercise much at all and I lost 75 pounds just by eating better foods and not eating between meals.


    Are you a creationist? You are just as clueless as one would be about biology.
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    Anonymous , December 12, 2012 10:01 PM
    My question is why is FB looked at as the only thing most ppl use the internet for.... Social Networking is not the ONLY thing ppl do online.

    Some people also browse tech site forums and read utterly useless information....
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