#Facebook friendships increase #longevity. However, there is a catch, though: This is true only when the Facebook is used to maintaining and improving real-life connections and at least this is what the authors think so.
This is what the authors say in verbatim
“Happily, for almost all Facebook users, what we found is [a correlation between] balanced use and a lower risk of mortality,” says senior author James Fowler”.
Some more highlights of the study are:
There is no relationship, either way, between the #”likes” and #longevity.
In a given year, the average Facebook user is about 12% less likely to die than someone who does not use the #networking site.
Users with average or large #social networks – that is, in the top pyramid of 50 to 30 percent – lived longer than those in the lowest 10%.
Moderate levels of online activity are the key to#longevity.
Yet another prescription for living longer is the judicious mixing of offline with online Social activity.This is because previous studies show there is a positive correlation between # offline relationships and longevity.
#Facebook users who judiciously mixed offline social activity with online lived longer
Finally, not the least, those who had accepted the most # friendship requests lived the longest!
The researchers want their findings to inspire many, but recommend the conduct of more studies to draw more firmer conclusions and caution the results of their study are not sufficient for the formulation social policies.
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