Facebook Users Live Longer

12/1/2016 8:48:42 PM
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Facebook can help you live longer. Facebook users who check with friends on the social network live longer, says a new study, if their Facebook friends also happen to be their real-life friends.

 “We find that people with more friends online are less likely to die than their disconnected counterparts,” says the paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

The research was led by University of California, San Diego, researchers William Hobbs and James Fowler, collaborating with colleagues at Facebook and Yale.

The researchers started with 12 million Facebook profiles, then narrowed it down to four million people whose identities could be verified through California’s voter registration list. Then they used data from the California Department of Public Health to compare those people to voters who don’t use the social networking platform. 

They found the risk of dying in a given year was 12 per cent lower for Facebook users than non-users.

All the people analysed were born between 1945 and 1989.

The researchers found that people with large or even average social networks lived longer than people who had very small social networks. 

Facebook users who accepted the most friendships also lived the longest. Facebook use  rs who posted more photos suggesting they had an active social life were likely to live longer than those who posted only status updates and sent messages, said the study.

‘Interacting online seems to be healthy when the online activity is moderate and complements interactions offline,’ said Hobbs, who is now a postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University.

“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,” he added.

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