Fact: Facebook Improves Your Happiness

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

We’ve all had days that we’ve felt “not as great as usual.”  Well, apparently we just need more time on a social networking site, like Facebook.  I say that half-jokingly, because of the following report…and I’ll explain more at the end.  Read on to see what Computer Weekly shared:

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Using social networking sites, such as Facebook, makes a direct impact on our happiness, according to a report by the Chartered Institute for IT, BCS.

A report, titled “The Information Dividend: Why IT makes you happier”, claimed the use of IT and internet connectivity has a positive impact on life satisfaction. The benefits of social networking are most pronounced in the first two years of connectivity, says the British Computer Society (BCS).

Paul Flatters from the Trajectory Partnership, which carried out the research on behalf of the Institute, said: “Social networking makes us happier. Given the immediate uplift in life satisfaction that people experience when using these sites, teaching people about how to use services like Facebook could be a more effective way of bridging the digital divide and getting people online.”       Complete Story

Now, adding to the above report… it’s the SOCIAL INTERACTION and ENGAGEMENT that takes place that makes people happier.  And it just so happens that Facebook is one of the TOOLS that enable social interaction and engagement.  Plus, social networks (as well as mobile technologies), satisfy the typical American behavior of “we want Minute rice in 30 seconds,” with the quick conversations that can take place.  (Wooowwee, remember back when we waited for snail mail?)

At the end of the day, or the end of life…it’s all about the RELATIONSHIPS we have with people.  Yes, we are fortunate to be living in a time that we can communicate easier, quicker and with more people…however, we still need meet people FACE TO FACE and to pick up the phone and TALK to folks, whenever possible.   I’ll save the psychology for another blog post. :)




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