Can Facebook Friend Requests Predict Longevity
Health Day - 10/31/2016
Researchers found that people who receive and accept the most “friend” requests lived longer. But, the same benefit wasn’t seen for people who initiated the friend requests.
“People who are more popular live longer, but we can’t say the same of people who are more social — (those who reach out to others more),” said study lead author Will Hobbs. He’s a postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University in Boston.
“We’ve known for a long time that people with stronger social connections in real life live longer,” Hobbs said. “We live in a new reality where many of our social interactions now take place online. We wanted to find out if the same rules apply online.”