With online chatter surrounding "Facebook depression" going back and forth between it's-a-thing and it-doesn't-exist, a seemingly definitive study has arisen to show us what's really happening. The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen has released the findings of a study they conducted based on a simple premise: What happens if you give up Facebook?

A group of 1,095 regular Facebook users were split into two: one group were allowed to carry on as normal, another group went cold turkey from the social media site for seven days.

88% of the group that left Facebook reported that they felt "happy," as opposed to 81% of the group still using the site. Not greatly differing, in this instance, but those in the left-Facebook group also reported feeling less angry, less lonely, less depressed, more enthusiastic, more decisive, and generally enjoyed their lives more. In addition, their stress levels appeared to have dropped by as much as 55%.

The study reads:

"People on Facebook are 39% more likely to feel less happy than their friends," reads the study. "Instead of focussing on what we actually need, we have an unfortunate tendency to focus on what other people have […] 5 out of 10 envy the #amazing experiences of others posted on Facebook. 1 out of 3 envy how #happy other people seem on Facebook. 4 out of 10 envy the apparent #success of others on Facebook."

Put in real terms: Facebook isn't real life. It's a platform for showing off carefully selected, most likely posed and contrived, portions of people's lives. The only real connection on Facebook bonding over cute videos or memes.

Read the findings of the study in their entirety here.