Newswire: Facebook may help you live longer, researchers with ties to Facebook say

A new study has found that killing time on Facebook might actually help people live longer. According to a paper published just this week in the Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences (PNAS for short) journal, an active online social life could lead to health benefits in your real, 3-D life. The researchers found that “people with more friends online are less likely to die than their disconnected counterparts. This evidence contradicts assertions that social media have had a net-negative impact on health.”

Researchers pored over 12 million social media profiles, as well as looked at records from the California Department Of Health, which they believe demonstrate a link between “moderate use” of the platform and a lower mortality rate. According to the paper, people with average to large social networks have longer life spans than those with much smaller ones. Of course, it’s the personable people who …

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