Scientists show effects of giving up Facebook on your body and stress levels. Facebook is the world’s leading popular social media network and now scientists are uncovering how it affects us.
According to a preliminary study, Quitting Facebook can reduce levels of cortisol which is a steroid hormone related to stress.
Due to the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, many users have deleted their accounts which may have damaged Facebook’s reputation, as well as its shares.
Researchers Dr. Eric Vanman, Rosemary Baker from the University of Queensland in Australia and Dr. Stephanie Tobin from Australian Catholic University the results of their research states that complete breaks from Facebook are best for mental health, and stress, as well as it contributes major role in our well-being.
For the study, researchers followed 138 active Facebook users from which, 60 participants were randomly asked to quit Facebook and the remaining 78 participants were allowed to Facebook as “normal.”
Dr.Vanman and his colleagues observed the participants with their life satisfaction, stress, mood, and loneliness before and after the experiment.
“While participants in our study showed an improvement in physiological stress by giving up Facebook, they also reported lower feelings of well-being,” said Dr.Eric Vanman.
“People said they felt more unsatisfied with their life, and were looking forward to resuming their Facebook activity,” a Dr. Eric Vanman added.
The researchers said that those who followed “No Facebook” approach spent more face-to-face time with their friends. The findings of this study research suggest that there is a strong link between stress and social media.