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Study: You are 1.63 Times More Likely to Avoid Serious Psychological Distress if You Use Facebook

63 per cent less likely to experience serious psychological distress from one year to the next, including major depression or serious anxiety

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Using social media apps like Facebook does have its own advantages and one such positive outcome is improving mental health among adults. VOA

If you use a social networking site like Facebook, you are 1.63 times more likely to avoid serious psychological distress such as depression and anxiety, find researchers. Using social media apps like Facebook does have its own advantages and one such positive outcome is improving mental health among adults.

According to a Michigan State University study, using social media and the Internet regularly could improve mental health among adults and help fend off serious psychological distress, such as depression and anxiety.

“Communication technologies and social media platforms make it easier to maintain relationships and access health information, which could explain it,” said Keith Hampton, professor of media and information at the Michigan State University.

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Social media users are 63 per cent less likely to experience serious psychological distress from one year to the next, including major depression or serious anxiety. Pixabay

To reach this conclusion, Hampton set out to study more mature populations, analyzing data from more than 13,000 relationships from adult participants in the “Panel Study of Income Dynamics” — the world’s longest-running household survey.

He found social media users are 63 per cent less likely to experience serious psychological distress from one year to the next, including major depression or serious anxiety. The study, published in the Journal of Computer Mediated-Communication, challenges the notion that social media, mobile technologies and the internet contribute to a mental health crisis.

“Because until now, adults haven’t been the focus of much research on the subject,” Hampton said. Instead, most studies on social media have focused on youth and college students, and the effects could be explained by life stages, rather than technology use.

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“Today, we have these ongoing, little bits of information popping up on our cell phones and Facebook feeds, and that ongoing contact might matter for things like mental health,” Hampton said. Pixabay

Taking a snapshot of the anxiety felt by young people today and concluding that a whole generation is at risk because of social media ignores more noteworthy social changes, such as the lingering effects of the Great Recession, the rise in single child families, older and more protective parents, more kids going to college and rising student debt,” Hampton explained.

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Changes to the mental health of family members affect the psychological distress experienced by other family, but only if both family members are connected on a social networking site.

“Today, we have these ongoing, little bits of information popping up on our cell phones and Facebook feeds, and that ongoing contact might matter for things like mental health,” Hampton said. (IANS)

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Wikipedia Co-founder Launching Social Media Website “WT: Social”

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website named "WT: Social" which will compete Facebook and Twitter

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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social media website names "WT: Social". Pixabay

Intended to get right what Facebook and Twitter have so far been getting wrong, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website named “WT: Social” which will compete with both the social media platforms.

Instead of going for an ad-funded model, Wales aims to finance it through donations, just like Wikipedia.

Like those platforms, WT:Social will let users share articles. But WT:Social will be funded by donations, rather than advertising.

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Like other social media platforms,Wikipedia’s WT:Social will let users share articles. Pixabay

“The business model of social media companies, of pure advertising, is problematic. It turns out the huge winner is low-quality content,” Wales was quoted as saying by Financial Times, according to an Engadget report.

It started as Wikitribune — a site that published original news stories with the community fact-checking and sub-editing articles. The venture never gained much traction, so Wales is moving it to the new platform with a more social networking focus.

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WT:Social will be free to join, but at the moment, you either have to sign up for a waitlist, donate or invite friends. Just a month old, it already has 50,000 users, the Engadget report added. (IANS)