Wednesday October 16, 2019

Study: Whatsapp has a Positive Impact on Psychological Health

For the study, the research team picked 200 users, 158 women and 42 men with an average age of 24, found that the average reported daily use of WhatsApp was around 55 minutes

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Good news for the people who spend most of the time on social media, as researchers have found that spending time on digital platforms such as WhatsApp, is good for our well-being. The study, published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, found that the text-based messaging app, which offers users group chat functions, has a positive impact on psychological health.

The research found that the more time people spent on WhatsApp per day, the less lonely they were and the higher their self-esteem as a result of feeling closer to friends and family.

“There’s lots of debate about whether spending time on social media is bad for our well-being but we’ve found it might not be as bad as we think. The more time people spent on WhatsApp, the more this related to them feeling close to their friends and family and they perceived these relationships to be good quality,” said Linda Kaye, Professor at Edge Hill University.

“As well as this, the more closely bonded these friendships were and the more people felt affiliated with their WhatsApp groups, the more this was related positively to their self-esteem and social competence,” Kaye said.

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For the study, the research team picked 200 users, 158 women and 42 men with an average age of 24, found that the average reported daily use of WhatsApp was around 55 minutes, with people using it because of its popularity and group chat function. Pixabay

According to the researchers, group affiliation also meant that WhatsApp users were less lonely. It seems that using WhatsApp to connect with our close friends is favourable for aspects of our well-being.

For the study, the research team picked 200 users, 158 women and 42 men with an average age of 24, found that the average reported daily use of WhatsApp was around 55 minutes, with people using it because of its popularity and group chat function.

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“The findings show how including factors relating to social bonding capital is highly pertinent within this field as a way of understanding how technology usage relates to psychosocial well-being.

“It gives rise to the notion that social technology such as WhatsApp may stimulate existing relationships and opportunities for communication, thereby enhancing aspects of the users’ positive well-being,” Kaye said. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Now Back on Google Play Store After its Sudden Disappearance

Due to the sudden disappearance, those who were looking to join WhatsApp for the first time were not able to install it via the Play Store

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FILE - The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Saturday confirmed that the app was now back on the Google App store after its sudden disappearance.

New users’ can download the app on Android phones by just typing WhatsApp on the search box of Google Play Store.

Unfortunately, the reason for the short absence remains unclear.

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Users on Friday reported that the Facebook-owned instant chat messenger app disappeared from the Google Play Store.

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Due to the sudden disappearance, those who were looking to join WhatsApp for the first time were not able to install it via the Play Store. (IANS)