They also revealed how a study from UC San Diego and Yale found that people who clicked on about four times as many links as the average person, or who liked twice as many posts, reported worse mental health than average.
Calif: It's not quite like tobacco companies warning about the dangers of smoking, but Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Using social media can be bad for your health. Both phenomena, Ginsberg and Burke write, might be the effect of users comparing their own lives to the idealized versions posted to social media by others.
But, the authors also drew attention to separate research from the University of MI which found that students who spent 10 minutes chatting with pals on the network were happier than those who spent 10 minutes simply reading posts.
Facebook has admitted that passively scrolling through posts on the social media network can leave people feeling worse afterwards.
"A person's health and happiness relies heavily on the strength of their relationships", according to the two Facebook researchers.
"On the other hand, actively interacting with people - especially sharing messages, posts and comments with close friends and reminiscing about past interactions - is linked to improvements in well-being", the researchers said.
Facebook, the world's top social media giant, acknowledged Friday that spending excessive time on its website without interacting with friends and family members may hurt social relations offline. There is other research that does not agree with what Facebook has to say. "We want the time people spend on Facebook to encourage meaningful social interactions", they added, quoting CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg.
In another research carried out by Burke along with a Carnegie Mellon professor, Facebook cited that sending or receiving direct messages or posts and comments on one's timeline boost psychological well-being.
"Simply broadcasting status updates was not enough, people had to interact one-on-one with others in their network", they said.
Additionally, Facebook launched a feature called Snooze, which will allow users the option to hide a user, page or group for 30 days without actually having to unfollow or unfriend.