The social media has increasingly become a food we cannot do without. I mean, how do we know when Nkechi gets married or when it’s Nkoli’s birthday or even communicate with people in order to save airtime.
However, a study has shown that quitting social media network such as Facebook, reduces stress levels and improves overall well-being.
A recent study was conducted at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia – led by Prof. Eric Vanman and the results which have been published in the Journal of Social Psychology, may make you think twice about opening your Facebook page.
Researchers examined two groups of active Facebook users, one group was asked to withhold Facebook visits for 5 days while the other group continued to visit Facebook as usual. Saliva samples were taken at the beginning and end of the study in order to measure their cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
It was discovered that those who took a break from Facebook had reduced cortisol levels.
“Abstaining from Facebook was shown to reduce a person’s level of cortisol, but people’s own ratings of their stress did not change – perhaps because they weren’t aware their stress had gone down”, says Prof. Vanman.
Although the study was conducted on users of Facebook page, the researchers think it may also apply to other social media platforms.