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  • Study makes surprising discovery about Facebook users: They live longer

    CBS News - 10/31/2016

    Does social media make us happier or more depressed? More connected or just more addicted? The impact on our relationships and overall well-being has been debated for years.

    Now, a new study of 12 million Facebook users finds a major upside: being active on the social networking site is associated with living longer. This association was seen when the site served to maintain and enhance real-world friendships.

    The authors note that the research was observational and does not prove that Facebook use actually leads to a longer life. However, they say the study shows that the health benefits of strong social connectedness extend to those on the internet.

    “Interacting online seems to be healthy when the online activity is moderate and complements interactions offline,” first author William Hobbs, who worked on the study as a UC San Diego doctoral student in political science and is now a postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University, said in a statement. “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.”

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