Facebook Users Live Longer: Study

Posted: Nov 1 2016, 9:52am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Facebook Users Live Longer: Study
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  • Facebook Presence linked to lower mortality
 

There is some good news for Net Freaks. Facebook presence has been linked to longevity.

Is social online media a blessing or a curse? Well, the latest news has it that those who regularly frequent Facebook may be doing themselves a favor. They will live to a ripe old age.

The study involved 12 million Facebook users. Since Facebook is synonymous with social ties (regardless of the level of superficiality of some of them) it has the power to increase one’s self-esteem and boost wellness. Yet the number of likes is not what this is all about. 

Scientists already know that real world social ties have an effect on one’s life span. Those people who are social tend to live longer than their isolated counterparts.

This extends all the way to the online environment which may be cyberspace yet as the saying goes “anything is possible in cyberspace”.

When online activity is engaged in moderation and it augments the offline activities of people, the longevity effect is seen very clearly to be operational.

It is only when people spend time online to the exclusivity of real world interactions that the detrimental effects begin. Also, if you surf the internet and do not make any new contacts on it, you are erasing any positive outcomes that online action may have. 

It is a fact that balance is a beautiful thing. When people spend half their time online and the other half out there socializing, they gain the best of both worlds. It is not a question of introversion or extroversion.

As Jung said, an extreme introvert or extrovert can only be found in a mental hospital. The avoidance of extremes and partaking of all that life has to offer, whether it is the Internet or a friend’s birthday bash, leads to a good effect on the physiological health and psyche.  

Posting many photos and relatively few status updates is associated with increased longevity (blue), while posting a lot of status updates, without a corresponding increase in photos, is associated with increased mortality (red). CREDIT Hobbs, UC San Diego/PNAS

The online activity was matched with the mortality risk of various individuals. Facebook users are 12% less likely to die than others who don’t frequent the site. Various factors were taken into consideration such as number of friends, number of photos and status updates and messages sent.

People who often go on online social sites like Facebook live longer. Period. While it does not give the face-to-face interaction that many crave, it is the next best thing in this age of narcissism and me-first greed for those looking for some human contact.

This study was led by University of California San Diego researchers William Hobbs and James Fowler, collaborating with colleagues at Facebook and Yale. It is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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