People who have stronger social connections tend to live longer. It’s a fact scientists have long known. Researchers at the University of California San Diego say they’ve discovered that could also hold true with our online social lives on websites like Facebook.
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Might Just Make You Live Longer is moderate and complements interactions offline,” said William Hobbs, who worked on the study as a UC San Diego doctoral student. “It is only on the extreme end, spending a lot of time online with little evidence of being connected to people otherwise, that we see a negative association.”
In the study, researchers at the University of California worked with others at Yale and Facebook and linked California residents who were Facebook users with vital records from the California Department of Public Health.
They tracked the online activity of those users for six months and found the average Facebook user is 12% less likely to die than someone who doesn’t use the site, although that could also be attributed to social or economic differences.
In a more controlled study, accounting for age, gender, income, and other factors, the researchers found that Facebook users with larger social networks lived longer than those with smaller networks. Those with higher levels of offline social integration, which the researchers measured by the number of photos a Facebook user posted, also lived longer.
However some people beg to differ on this. Sometimes people tend to be toxic on Social Media. They tend to say things that they would have never said in real life had the person been in front of them. We all have experienced online trolls and political parties are also known to spew their propaganda all over Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg recently gave a clarification that they wish to tackle this and will take strict measures soon.
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