Benefits Of Avoiding Facebook
These healthy changes came about after half the people in the study decreased their Facebook use by 20 minutes a day for two weeks. That’s about one third of the average amount of time people spend on Facebook daily, according to researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The study team recruited 286 people who spent an average of at least 25 minutes a day on Facebook and divided them into two groups. The first group continued using Facebook as usual while those in the second group cut their usage by 20 minutes a day. Study leader Julia Brailovskaia said participants who reduced their time on Facebook showed fewer depressive symptoms, smoked less and became more physically active than those who made no such changes. The improvements in well-being and a healthier lifestyle were still measurable when the researchers checked on the study participants three months after the experiment.
Julia Brailovskaia et al, “Less Facebook use – more well-being and a healthier lifestyle? An experimental intervention study.” Computers in Human Behavior, July 2020, DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2020.106332
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