(Mirror Daily, United States) – A new study conducted by the University of California revealed that friend requests could actually lower your risk of death.
However unlikely it would may seem, a team of researchers led by James Fowler have discovered that there is actually a strong link between how many friend requests you accept and how much you’ll live. More specifically, the team has identified that an individual who has a rich social media life is less likely to die before his time than people who keep away from social media.
The study, which was published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences argued that there is indeed a strong link between accepting friend requests and decreased the risk of mortality, but no link if you look at the problem the other way around.
In layman terms, this means that the more you hit the accept button when receiving a friend request, the less likely you are to die before your time. However, there’s no data to suggest that the same life-prolonging effects extend to people who send out friend requests.
In order to come up with this unusual link between social media activity and individual’s health, the team of researchers had to gather data from over 12 million Facebook users. By comparing the Facebook with the individual’s health records, the researchers have discovered which users are alive and which died.
In addition, it would seem that social media interaction has, even more, benefits. The researchers have discovered that social connections can reduce inflammation and even boost the immune system.
Moreover, upon closer observations, the team has also determined that people who were very active on Facebook and accepted all friend requests were most likely to remain friends with that person in real life than people who did not frequent social media platform on a daily basis.
According to the study, numbers show that individuals who are active on social media platforms like Facebook have 34 percent fewer chances of dying before their time.
Because social media interactions are becoming more and more complex, the rules of engagement might change over time. And who knows? Maybe after a couple of years, someone will indeed discover other hidden benefits to using social media platforms.
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