Online Friendships Linked to Longevity
Studies have long shown that people who have good friends and strong social support tend to live longer. But does this connection apply to the number of friends you have on Facebook? That was the focus of a three-year study of Facebook users that began in 2010. Researchers compared the profiles of 12 million Facebook users born between 1945 and 1989 against public health records. The findings suggest that receiving requests to connect as friends online is associated with longevity. What’s more, people who posted photos indicating that they were spending time with other people face-to-face also were predicted to live longer. The study did not prove cause and effect, however.
SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, posted online Oct. 31, 2016