When I wake up, the first thing I do before I put on coffee or get up to pee is always, without a doubt, check social media. Before I’ve even rubbed the sleep out of my eyes, I’ve picked up my phone and have started scrolling through my notifications. As the day continues, so does my obsession with checking Facebook and mindlessly scrolling to find yet another engagement or the newest viral video. Finally, before I fall asleep to yet another episode of FRIENDS, I check Instagram one last time and give my friends some double taps. I know that without fail, I’ll repeat this process again the next day, the one after that, and the one after that too.
Thankfully for me and every other social media addict out there, our attachments may significantly increase our life spans. While it’s been commonly documented that active social lives are associated with living longer, a peer-reviewed study published in the PNAS Journal shows that the same benefits can be obtained by being frequently active on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. That’s right – apparently whether you interact with your friends out at the bars or if you choose to stay in bed and shoot them a DM instead, your brain receives the same positive social response.
The study takes it further and says that individuals with larger networks and more connections had better longevity than those who only had a couple of friends, so for all of your photos that net trip-digit likes, you could be guaranteeing yourself a trip-digit lifespan as well. For all of you poor, lazy, introverted people like myself, this is excellent news, because you can get in all of your social interactions from your iPhone while deep into a Hulu binge without even needing to put on real pants. While I’ll still make an effort to see my closest friends every now and then, I’ll rest easy tonight knowing that my online social interactions are just as good as the real thing. .
[via New York Times]