A new study, about Facebook users, makes a surprising discovery.
It finds people who use the social networking site tend to live longer than than those who don’t use it. Researchers right here at the University of California, San Diego are the brains behind the study. After observing twelve million people, the results showed the average Facebook user is about 88% more likely to add years to their life. Being active on Facebook is associated with living longer.
The researchers say the study
shows the health benefits of strong social connectedness extend to people behind their screens. But they say how a person uses the platform matters. They found interacting online is good for you, but only when interactions online are moderate and stabilized by interactions offline.
Who lives the very longest? According to the study, Facebook users who accepted the most friend requests lived the longest. In other words, healthier people attract more friends. Now, the study is not a prescription for how to use Facebook, but it does align with our vision for longevity. Longevity for our tennis players.
Considering our growing following on Facebook, among other social media networks, the study deserves two thumbs up. We encourage tennis players to connect weekly at our clinics, but we also provide the option to continue those friendships outside of the hour and a half we meet. Players can keep up on Facebook , should they choose to join the group. And when you include the players from the annual camp, the number of people we connect on Facebook grows significantly. By boosting our program’s presence online we are able to enhance our participants’ quality of life on a whole new (digital) platform.
Enhancing quality of life: That was our mission from the start.
There are apps that want you to track your mental health like you would your fitness!
There are so many people who silently struggle because they have trouble vocalizing their pain. For those of us who internalize, we miss out on the sounding board provided by friends, family and therapists who can help us work through our experiences. Those people hold us accountable, and without them it can be difficult to gauge how we’re doing.
But with an app, we can measure our own personal success or slip-ups. Though apps are private, they encourage an honest conversation with ourselves. Then, they generate a history so we can track our own status over time. And should we feel inclined to share our journey with someone, there is a visual to accompany the struggle. So when words fail, the app can prevail.
This tech-savvy approach to addressing mental health disorders is genius. I used to get annoyed by the phrase “there’s an app for that,” but now I am thrilled about this option for people. All it takes is a smartphone and the drive to be in control of your mental health. So just how easy is it?
The apps are disorder specific. There are 7 apps outlined in the article that target each disorder independently. The disorders are: Stress and anxiety, depression, panic disorders, general stress, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), adolescent anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Check out the list of mental health apps right there.