With the amount of time we all spend of Facebook (the average person spends 12 FULL days a year on it), it's nice to know there might be some health benefits.

The PNAS, or Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of the United States, released a study  that states that cultivating relationships on social media, specifically Facebook, may increase your longevity.

This basically goes against everything we've been told about staring too long at computer screens but hear us out: this study basically confirms something that's already been suggested in many studies: Having friends and a great social life is beneficial for your healthy which in turn makes you live longer. This study goes one step further and states that this information also applies to your digital friendships.

The research used the Facebook profiles of 12 million users between the ages of 27 and 71 and health records provided by the California Department of Health. Users with average-to-larger networks of Facebook friends had a lower mortality rate, as well as used Facebook on a regular basis.

Users that interacted with their Facebook friends by posting and tagging friends in photos were also associated with lower mortality. Why? Because these are activities that imply that they interacted with their friends in real life. Also, RECEIVING a lot of friend request was also related to living longer, but SENDING requests was not, because again, it didn't mean that you actually met those people in real life.

Ultimately, it's not just Facebook that's making people live longer. It making connections with new people in real life, that you then have as Facebook friends, and actively maintaining your friendships, both face-to-face and online, are what actually make you live longer.

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