Binge eating? Facebook may be the problem


Binge Eating? Facebook May Be the Problem

Facebook – the world’s most popular ‘social’ platform in the world. You probably have Facebook open right now in another tab, unless you’re at work, where there’s no access to it because of how much of a time waster it is.

But this article is not about that, this article is about how quitting Facebook and other social media platforms was one of the best decisions in my life… so far. Here’s why.

Does Facebook make you feel miserable?

When you visit Facebook and look at all those fake pictures of happy people doing happy things and having the time of their life. How does that make you feel?

Do you feel jealous? Do you feel like you’re not worthy of having that ‘great’ life they are having? I felt all of that when I was depressed and Facebook was just feeding this depression every time I visited it.

Until, I took some time, looked at the whole picture and realized the following. Facebook provides absolutely no value to me, whatsoever.

All the pictures that are posted there are fake. In fact, Facebook turned to a mess of fake pictures, fake smiles and… kittens.

Facebook turned the word ‘friends’ into a meaningless popularity contest, where the one with the most friends is somehow superior to others. I’m sorry, but out of the 700 people in your ‘friends’ list, how many will help you in time of need? Exactly.

There’s absolutely nothing useful on Facebook, literally.

No one is happy all the time, but people post themselves smiling, because that attracts likes. This satisfies their social narcissism and provides them with an instant gratification of being worthy.

Alright, but how does this lead to binge eating?

If you take a look at the majority of binge eaters you’ll notice that they seek comfort in food. After a binge eater sees all these fake happy people, with fake perfect lives, fake healthy and, in some cases, fake beautiful bodies, what do you think happens? They turn to food.

If you have this problem, quit all social media right now and focus on yourself, rather than on what others have and you don’t. True happiness, in my opinion, is appreciating everything you currently have and using that to better yourself little by little every single day.

I am not making this up, this is based on my personal experience and actual scientific studies. Here’s what one study concluded:

Both studies provide evidence that people feel depressed after spending a great deal of time on Facebook because they feel badly when comparing themselves to others. [1]

But what’s more interesting are the reasons why:

Study 2 found that the relationship between the amount of time spent on Facebook and depressive symptoms was uniquely mediated by upward, nondirectional, and downward Facebook social comparisons.

What does upward and downward social comparison mean? Well, upward social comparison means comparing yourself to someone who is more attractive, or successful than you. Whereas, downward social comparison means the opposite.

Does that make sense? It certainly does for me and that’s why I am currently the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.


In a nutshell, if you’re feeling depressed, or simply end up binge eating after looking at fake happy people on Facebook, or any social media for that matter, I highly suggest you delete your account. You can always call your real friends and ask them about their life, you know, like we used to do back in the olden days in… 2004.

Written by Mark Forge

Mark Forge is the founder of FatForge - an information website dedicated to busting nutrition myths, scams and lies while helping people turn their weight around. If you want to lose weight I suggest starting here.

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