WhatsApp Can Be Good for Your Health, Researchers Find

By | June 30, 2019
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A study found that the more time people spent on WhatsApp per day, the less lonely they were and the higher their self-esteem.

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  • WhatsApp wellbeing study was based on 200 users, 158 women and 42 men
  • WhatsApp may stimulate existing relationships, researchers said
  • Group affiliation also meant that WhatsApp users were less lonely
  • Good news for the people who spend most of the time on social media, as researchers have found that spending time on digital platforms such as WhatsApp, is good for our well-being. The study, published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, found that the text-based messaging app, which offers users group chat functions, has a positive impact on psychological health.The study , titled ‘Psychosocial Outcomes Associated with Engagement with Online Chat Systems’, found that the more time people spent on WhatsApp per day, the less lonely they were and the higher their self-esteem as a result of feeling closer to friends and family.”There’s lots of debate about whether spending time on social media is bad for our well-being but we’ve found it might not be as bad as we think. The more time people spent on WhatsApp, the more this related to them feeling close to their friends and family and they perceived these relationships to be good quality,” said Linda Kaye, Professor at Edge Hill University.

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