Last updated on: 5/18/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Happiness Research Institute Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“This experiment was conducted on 1095 people in Denmark. We randomly assigned half of them to the following task: do not use Facebook for one week…

After one week without Facebook the treatment group reported a significantly higher level of life satisfaction…

People who had taken a break from Facebook felt happier and were less sad and lonely…

After one week without Facebook the treatment group experienced an increase in their social activity – and an increase in their satisfaction with their social life…

After one week without Facebook the treatment group experienced less concentration difficulties…

People on Facebook are 55% more likely to feel stressed…

After one week without Facebook the treatment group felt they wasted their time less.”

“The Facebook Experiment: Does Social Media Affect the Quality of Our Lives?,” happinessresearchinstitute.com, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Happiness Research Institute is an independent think tank focusing on life satisfaction, happiness and quality of life…

We explore why some countries, cities, organizations and people are happier than others.

We partner with cities, governments, organisations and foundations to develop customized research, tools and recommendations needed to improve quality of life…

The Happiness Research Institute produce reports, books, expositions, articles and Op-Eds on subjective well-being, happiness and quality of life. Our work is freely available.”

“Who We Are,” happinessresearchinstitute.com (accessed May 12, 2016)

Mission:

“Our mission is to inform decision makers of the causes and effects of human happiness, make subjective well-being part of the public policy debate, and improve the quality of life for citizens across the world.”

“Who We Are,” happinessresearchinstitute.com (accessed May 12, 2016)

Other:
Independent think tank