Facebook offers a nontoxic drug free way to help you live longer

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A new study has found that using Facebook can improve your social relations and lifespan.

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Since the beginning of civilization mankind has been searching for ways to live longer. Now in the internet era using Facebook has surfaced as a drug free nontoxic manner to improve your chances of living longer.

Social interactions have been linked with longevity

The University of California, San Diego has reported on a study which has linked online social interactions with longevity. It has been suggested from a study of 12 million people who use Facebook that there is an association with a longer life and using Facebook. This association has been established when the use of Facebook contributes to maintaining and enhancing social relations in the real world.

University of California San Diego researchers William Hobbs and James Fowler in collaboration with colleagues at Facebook and Yale led this study. The researchers have emphasized this is an association study and does not identify causation.

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It appears to be healthy to interact online when the activity online is moderate and serves to complement offline interactions

This research has confirmed the position of scientists that people who maintain stronger social networks live longer. Hobbs says that it appears to be healthy to interact online when the activity online is moderate and serves to complement offline interactions. A negative association appears to exist when a lot of time is spent online without much evidence of being connected to people otherwise according to Hobbs. Fowler says that fortunately for the majority of Facebook users balanced use and a decreased risk of mortality was found.

The researchers observed that people who had large social networks lived longer than those with small social networks. This finding was similar to findings dealing with classic investigations of relationships offline and longevity. Facebook users with the most offline social integration have been found to have the greatest longevity. Offline social integration was measured by posting more photos, which implies face-to-face social activities.

This study has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Decreased mortality has been found to be associated with online social integration. Longer life is associated with stronger social networks.

Facebook users who accept more friendships have less of a risk of mortality

There is the lowest mortality risk for people with high levels of offline social interaction and moderate levels of online social interaction. It was also observed that Facebook users who accept more friendships have less of a risk of mortality, however there is not a relationship for people who initiate more friendships.

It has been suggested by this study that there is a link between online social integration and a lower risk for many critical health problems. It may be possible to adapt online social networks to improve social and physical health across the world. This all leaves us with the interesting consideration that Facebook seems to offer a nontoxic drug free way to help you live longer.

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