A group of scientists from the University of California in San Diego concluded that people who actively communicate in social networks, have a greater chance to live long than those of such forms of communication avoids. According to experts, this is supported by a recent study. This clarifies that social media is only useful as long as they do not interfere with more traditional forms of communication.
The experts used information about natural loss of population provided by the California Department of health, including data on 12 million users of social networks, born in the period from 1945 to 1989. The scientists also collected information about how active users were, these people — including how often they were suggested to other people to add themselves as “friends” and themselves took such proposals. Also consider how often users update statuses, upload photos and participate in different conversations.
As it turned out, the most active users of social networks, on average, had 12 percent lower chance of dying in a given year of their life than those who social networking is not used. The specialists say that the number of “likes”, we collect this or that person, for the duration of his life had no effect.
Scientists believe that they discovered trend is a manifestation of the previously observed fact: people strong and extensive social networks tend to live longer than others. In any case, the results of previous studies on the impact of offline communication on longevity, were similar to those obtained by scientists now.
The researchers also emphasize that, according to the received results, communication in social networks was helpful only in combination with the communication alive, and if the first started to hurt the second, the damage from a love for social networks become more than good.
A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.