Accepted many Facebook friends lately? Well then, you will be delighted to find out that your risk of mortality has decreased significantly. What’s the link between the two?
According to a study led by Professor William Hobs and his associates from the Northeastern University, people who accept many friend requests on Facebook are less likely to die before their time than users who have “hotkeyed” the ignore button to their keyboard.
By studying a decade-worth of data, Hobs and his team of scientists have ascertained that there is indeed a strong link between a person’s health and his social media activity.
To see how Facebook activity can determine an individual’s mental and social health, the team has gathered data on more than 12 million Facebook users from the state of California. Next, they’ve compared the data with the health records collected from the California Department of Public Health.
The health records, which covered the 2012-2013 timeframe, along with the Facebook data, confirmed that in that timeframe people who often engaged in social Facebook activities had decreased chances of dying before their time. In addition, it would seem that this link did not depend on gender or age.
Although there seems to be a strong link between the number of friends accepted on Facebook and the individual’s health, scientists have determined that this link goes only one way. More specifically, there more friends you accept on Facebook, the fewer chances you have of dying, but there’s no data on what happens if you are the one who sends out friend requests.
However, this is not the only thing the scientists discovered during their study. According to their findings, it would seem that if you are that kind of person who easily accepts a friend request from people you’ve just met, chances are that you will continue to remain friends with him or her in person.
Whether or not this link will hold remains to be seen. As Hobs pointed out, the study is continuing, and maybe, in time, their findings will be much more interesting.
So, if you don’t have any Facebook friends then you should consider hitting that “Accept” button more often. It may seem like a waste of time, but according to Hobs’s study, the action can be beneficial for your health.
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