Does Facebook make you live LONGER?

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Facebook fans now have an excuse to spend their waking hours on the addictive site.

A study of 12 million Facebook users suggests the social networking site is associated with living longer, and it does not make a difference how many 'likes' people get.
But this is only when it serves to maintain and enhance people's real-world social ties, the researchers added.

A study of 12 million Facebook users suggests the social networking site is associated with living longer, and it does not make a difference how many 'likes' people get. But this is only when it serves to maintain and enhance your real-world social ties, the researchers added
The research, an association study that cannot identify causation, was led by University of California San Diego researchers William Hobbs and James Fowler, collaborating with colleagues at Facebook and Yale.
It is published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

'Interacting online seems to be healthy when the online activity is moderate and complements interactions offline,' said first author William Hobbs, who worked on the study as a UC San Diego doctoral student and 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.'
The research confirms what scientists have known for a long time about the offline world - people who have stronger social networks live longer.
But it documents for the first time that what happens online may also make a difference.
'Happily, for almost all Facebook users, what we found is balanced use and a lower risk of mortality,' said James Fowler, professor of political science in the UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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