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Constantly Checking Facebook Profile Makes Us Sad, Unhealthy: Study

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Researchers studied the Facebook use and mental health of 5,208 volunteers from 2013 to 2015. (Image courtesy: Google)

People who check their Facebook profile all the time are likely to be more sad and unhealthy than those who use it sporadically, a new study has revealed.

Researchers from Yale University and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), studied the pattern of Facebook use and mental health of 5,208 volunteers between 2013 and 2015 for the study.

The findings showed that increased use of Facebook was closely linked to “compromised social, physical and psychological health”, Metro.co.uk reported on Sunday.

People who access the social network more often are not as happy and healthy as the ones who choose to use it sporadically.

Researchers studied the Facebook use and mental health of 5,208 volunteers from 2013 to 2015.

They did this by giving them surveys and also speaking to them.

After analyzing the data they found increased use of Facebook was ‘tightly linked to compromised social, physical, and psychological health.’

It also revealed that if users were updating their Facebook profile or liking posts more than average, they were more likely to have mental health issues.

The report appeared in the American Journal of Epidemiology and was led by UCSD’s Assistant Professor of Public Health Holly Shakya and Yale’s Nicholas Christakis, who is Director of the University’s Human Nature Lab.

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