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Cass R. Sunstein

Facebook Bums Us Out But We’ll Pay for It Anyway

People who deactivated their accounts for a month were less anxious and depressed. 

Maybe Facebook is blocking the view.

Maybe Facebook is blocking the view.

Photographer: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Would you be better off without Facebook? Would society benefit, too?

A team of economists, led by Hunt Allcott of New York University, has just produced the most impressive research to date on these questions.