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Studies: More time on Facebook … and it’s not good for you.

May 2, 2017

“Negatively associated with overall well-being … particularly mental health”.


Let’s connect a couple of recently reported studies …

First, the BLS periodically reports how Americans spend their leisure time.

According to the NYT, channeling the most recent BLS report:

The average time that users spend on Facebook is nearing an hour.


Putting that hour of Facebook in perspective:

That’s more than any other leisure activity surveyed … with the exception of watching television programs and movies (an average per day of 2.8 hours).

It’s more time than people spend reading (19 minutes); participating in sports or exercise (17 minutes); or social events (four minutes).

It’s almost as much time as people spend eating and drinking (1.07 hours). NYT


And, a recent study published by the Harvard Business Review indicates that all that Facebook time is unhealthy.


“Central link” between computers and mental disorders …

August 17, 2012

A new study reported by CBS finds that constantly being online can affect your mental health.

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg  found that a majority of them who constantly use a computer and mobile phones can develop stress, sleeping disorders and depression.

“It is easy to spend more time than planned at the computer (e.g., working, gaming, or chatting), and this tends to lead to time pressure, neglect of other activities and personal needs (such as social interaction, sleep, physical activity), as well as bad ergonomics, and mental overload.”

The study also found a correlation between stress and phone use.

“Often using the computer late at 48 night (and consequently losing sleep) was a prospective risk factor for stress and sleep disturbances.”

Takeaway: People need to set limits on computer and cell phone use …  to minimize the risk of these types of mental disorders.

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