The study, published recently in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, was conducted by researchers at the University of Copenhagen on over 1000 participants, mostly women.
The results indicated that regular use of social networking like Facebook can "negatively affect your emotional well-being and satisfaction with life."
Spending too long looking at other peoples social media posts can create "unrealistic social comparisons", which induce a deterioration of mood and a sense of envy, it suggested, Xinhua reported.
Instead of lurking on social media, researchers encourage people to actively engage in conversation and connect with other people, which seems to be a much more positive experience.
The study suggested taking a short break from social media, a week for instance, which could help improve mental well-being.