By Emma Haak
Step away from the ‘like’ button.
Prolific social media users, take note: A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology has linked frequent Facebook use over time to poorer well-being. According to this Harvard Business Review article written by the study authors, mental health is particularly at risk.
Researchers Holly Shakya, a professor of Global Public Health at UC San Diego, and Nicholas Christakis, director of the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, recruited 5,208 adults and tracked both their Facebook activity and real-world social lives in addition to their well-being for two years.
Well-being included life satisfaction, self-reported mental health, self-reported physical health and body-mass index.
Actual in-person relationships were, unsurprisingly, linked to better overall well-being, as a wealth of research has shown that close social ties do our mind and body good.