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(The Week)   Math proves your Facebook friends really are richer and happier than you. Thanks for nothing, math   (theweek.com) divider line 30
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3627 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Jan 2014 at 3:22 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-01-15 03:25:55 PM  
Eh.  Most Facebook posts I see are friends freaking out about First World Problems. Plus I live in an expensive area of the country so cost-of-living wise lots of people are doing better than me.
 
2014-01-15 03:26:42 PM  
Well, it proves that you probably have at least one friend who is richer / happier / more popular than you.
 
2014-01-15 03:27:27 PM  
Richer? Sure, why not. Happier? I doubt it.
 
2014-01-15 03:29:54 PM  
I'm the "rich" one in my age group.  But I know a Microsoft millionaire, so I guess if people 30 years older than me count, there are some richer than me.

#whatevslol
 
2014-01-15 03:30:20 PM  
I happened to mention to the wife one of my Facebook friends has an Xbox One, monster big screen TV and other trappings of wealth and cool stuff.  I then happened to add this caveat:  But he's not married.   You know what happened next:  The wife went out and found a wife for him.

Now I have no Facebook friends.
 
2014-01-15 03:30:35 PM  
Isn't this the same sort of math that gets you: "Your sexual partners have had more sex than you?"
 
2014-01-15 03:30:37 PM  
The author and other people involved in that article don't understand the concept of happiness.

If you're not a particularly handsome man, would having a beautiful girlfriend supposedly make you LESS happy?

If all of the most popular people are friends with you, then doesn't that mean you're liked by the popular people? Wouldn't that make you happier?

If all of your friends were less attractive and less successful than you, then wouldn't that imply that only losers like you? I think that should make you less happy to know that no popular people want anything to do with you.
 
2014-01-15 03:30:59 PM  
My Facebook friends are, with one exception, people I know from real life that I've either hung out with socially more than a few times or went to school with.  Most are not richer or happier.  If they were, they wouldn't spend so much time on Facebook.  If I were, oh shiat....
 
2014-01-15 03:34:32 PM  
This FA is brought to you by Mark Zuckerberg.
 
2014-01-15 03:36:19 PM  
People think I live an awesome life because I so rarely post on facebook.

"You must be busy, traveling a lot?"

I nod my head blankly then cry myself to sleep when I get home to my hovel.
 
2014-01-15 03:36:41 PM  
Ah, Facebook, the place where people provoke and envy one another.

/the only winning move is not to play
 
2014-01-15 03:43:50 PM  
I think this article might make more sense to people whose lives are dominated by envy and pride.

I sincerely hope the majority of the world's population does not define their own happiness by comparing themselves with others.

I don't need to see a starving man to know that I'm not hungry. I guess some other people do.

I don't dispute the assertion that Facebook can make you feel less happy. The reasoning is flawed, though.

I believe Facebook makes you less happy because you're spending your time looking at other people living their lives rather than actually living your own.

It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

One thing that might improve your view on life is moving out of the basement to at least your parents' attic. Much better view from up there.
 
2014-01-15 03:47:48 PM  
I feel the same way about my fellow Farkers.

/kinda happy
//need new job for $$$
///still, better off than many
 
2014-01-15 03:47:49 PM  
No, your Facebook friends have more friends than you. The ones who are richer and more successful are the co-authors on that academic paper you wrote who have written more papers than you.

Seriously, they turned the general results to a study of academic papers, found, reasonably, that more people co-author papers with people who co-author a lot of papers, and then uncovered the shocking result that people who write more papers get published more and cited more than people who write fewer.
 
2014-01-15 03:57:36 PM  

netgamer7k: Ah, Facebook, the place where people provoke and envy one another.

/the only winning move is not to play


Bingo!  I stopped looking at FB about 2 weeks ago and not only do I not miss it, I actually think it's helped my mood.  It's a little tiring (not sure if this is the best word) not giving a fark about so many things - now I can focus on not giving a fark about a smaller number of things - everyone's a winner!
 
2014-01-15 04:02:17 PM  

Girl On Couch: netgamer7k: Ah, Facebook, the place where people provoke and envy one another.

/the only winning move is not to play

Bingo!  I stopped looking at FB about 2 weeks ago and not only do I not miss it, I actually think it's helped my mood.  It's a little tiring (not sure if this is the best word) not giving a fark about so many things - now I can focus on not giving a fark about a smaller number of things - everyone's a winner!


I had to read it a couple times, but VERY well put.  Scrolling through endless shiat you couldn't care less about is a stupid, optional, silly chore.  But I make money by being on FB (with one weird trick, naturally), so I'm a little bit stuck there.
 
2014-01-15 04:06:50 PM  
I only use FB to spy on hot girls and post links.
 
2014-01-15 04:06:56 PM  
But if my Facebook friends are richer and happier than I am, but I'm also their friends, so then I'm richer and happier than they are.....

... uhh.... carry the one....

Is this just because we're all miserable and broke?
 
2014-01-15 04:14:18 PM  

Arkanaut: Well, it proves that you probably have at least one friend who is richer / happier / more popular than you.


I don't. Although it's mostly because I have no friends so it's not really a good thing.
 
2014-01-15 04:26:44 PM  
So they used Google Scholar. I know they looked up citations but did they address whether Google biases results based on past searches or something? Did they clear cookies each search? lol

Or was each analysis performed with the author of interest being the primary author, which is when they tended to be younger and less accomplished, with level of experience increasing down the author list, culminating in the PI being listed last (as is done in several scientific fields).

Anyways it's all gibberish to me.... lol
 
2014-01-15 04:33:09 PM  
You haven't met my friends.
 
2014-01-15 04:33:45 PM  

Darkviking: I feel the same way about my fellow Farkers.

/kinda happy
//need new job for $$$
///still, better off than many


Where do you live and do you have IT experience?
 
2014-01-15 04:45:40 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: I happened to mention to the wife one of my Facebook friends has an Xbox One, monster big screen TV and other trappings of wealth and cool stuff.  I then happened to add this caveat:  But he's not married.   You know what happened next:  The wife went out and found a wife for him.

Now I have no Facebook friends.


man, what did that guy do to you, steal your car? fark your mom?

that was pretty mean. I would never do that to any of my friends.

Of course all my Facebook friends already have wives. Most are on #2 or #3. Dumbasses.
 
2014-01-15 04:55:54 PM  
I don;t know about richer but I know that everytime my friends post a comment they get like 500 likes! WTF? I don't even have anywhere close to that amount of friends on FB let alone likes  :(
 
2014-01-15 05:19:17 PM  
I am was doing better than most of my peers up till 08 Im probably worse off then most of them now.
 
2014-01-15 07:16:15 PM  

Big_Fat_Liar: My Facebook friends are, with one exception, people I know from real life that I've either hung out with socially more than a few times or went to school with.  Most are not richer or happier.  If they were, they wouldn't spend so much time on Facebook.  If I were, oh shiat....


Ah, so you too are friends with your niece's hot teenage best friend who posts all kinds of bikini selfies.
 
2014-01-15 07:58:43 PM  
This is one of those parody sites, right?

/my friends ARE richer and happier than I am.
 
2014-01-15 08:06:01 PM  
All my friends are richer than me, no contest. Except that homeless guy I knew. Happier? No, I think we're all just struggling along. They might be generally happier or more optimistic people, but they don't have spectacular lives.

Wait, I don't have a Facebook account. Fark is bad enough.
 
2014-01-15 09:20:32 PM  
I was about a third of the way through the article when I had an epiphany: I DON'T GIVE A fark IF SOMEONE IS RICHER OR HAPPIER THAN i AM.
 
2014-01-16 03:00:25 AM  
don't use facebook. use myspace.
 
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