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It Turns Out, Going On Facebook Is Even Worse For Your Health Than We Thought

Another day, another study showing the hazards of too much social media use on your mental — and physical — health.

Newsweek reported that this time, researchers at Johns Hopkins studied over 5 thousand Facebook users' behavior over a two-year period.

They looked at when people liked posts, created posts and clicked on posted links. Basically, how and when people compared their own posts to what their friends posted.

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As it turns out, the study — published by Oxford University Press — found that the more users engaged, the crappier they felt:

We investigated the associations of Facebook activity and real-world social network activity with self-reported physical health, self-reported mental health, self-reported life satisfaction, and body mass index. Our results showed that overall, the use of Facebook was negatively associated with well-being.

So why, exactly, do people feel bad? That's still murky. The study doesn't provide a definitive answer.

Our results showed that overall, the use of Facebook was negatively associated with well-being.

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Researchers did find, however, that users reported decreased mental and physical well-being after extensive use of the social site.

And, the sheer amount of time people spend on Facebook may also be a factor, because of limitations on what we can actually do, when we're always staring at our phones. From the study:

The negative associations of Facebook use were comparable to or greater in magnitude than the positive impact of offline interactions, which suggests a possible tradeoff between offline and online relationships.

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Of course we already know we need to unplug from time to time.

But given the results of this study, it might be a good idea to make the effort to spend a little more time with friends IRL, rather than scrolling through your feed.

Get your squad together and plan brunch, bowling or a book club. Your body and mind will thank you.

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Francesca Marguerite Maximé is Head Editor, Elite Daily Body & Mind. She loves baking cookies, living in Brooklyn, playing tennis, writing poetry, and being a cat mom.
Francesca Marguerite Maximé is Head Editor, Elite Daily Body & Mind. She loves baking cookies, living in Brooklyn, playing tennis, writing poetry, and being a cat mom.

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