We’re not Liking or Favouriting this idea: social networks may be having a negative effect on our personal wellbeing. At least, that’s the theory suggested by an Italian academic study based on 50,000 people answering questions about their happiness and their use of social networks. One of its conclusions is that the more face-to-face interactions you have with real people, and the more trust you have in them, the better your personal wellbeing will be. The study suggests that when social networking reduces such face-to-face interactions OR exposes people to more discrimination and hate speech, reducing their trust in others, it has a negative effect. Bear in mind, too, that the study was based on surveys conducted in 2010 and 2011: it would be interesting to see an update, given the rapid evolution of social networks since then.