Is social media good for you, or bad? Well, it’s complicated. A study of 12 million Facebook users suggests that using Facebook is associated with living longer — when it serves to maintain and enhance your real-world social ties.
Oh and you can relax and stop watching how many “likes” you get: That doesn’t seem to correlate at all.
The study — which the researchers emphasize is an association study and cannot identify causation — was led by University of California San Diego researchers William Hobbs and James Fowler