Did you know that the average American spends up to twenty hours a month on Facebook? When you think about it, that’s a pretty crazy statistic. We all know people who just log in once in awhile to check their messages and pay no notice to their newsfeed. But then we also know lots of people who are guilty of spending half their waking lives flicking through their timeline. The social media network, founded by Mark Zuckerberg over a decade ago, is still one of the biggest behemoths of the online age. There are three million Facebook posts going live every single minute, and it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
So what is the last thing you do before you go to bed at night? Do you put down your book, switch off the light, and manage to resist that one last check on facebook? If that’s your pre-sleep routine, then you’re not doing yourself any favors. Blue light plays havoc with our sleep patterns, which is why experts recommend that you switch them off two hours before bedtime.
But what if you can’t? There are plenty of people who reckon Facebook is a waste of time, but more and more of us seem to be addicted to social media. But it’s not all bad, no matter what the naysayers might tell you!
It can help you relax
Studies have shown that when you flick through Facebook, reading your friends posts and pages you’ve liked, it can help you relax. It has been demonstrated that when you spend time on the network, you are likely to experience a lower heart rate. You may also reduce levels of tension and stress. There’s a reason to log in, just there!
Fire up Your Friendships
Facebook is a handy way of keeping in touch with all of your friends. It’s also excellent for trying to locate people you’ve lost contact with over the years too. In the past, if you wanted to track down family or find a lost love, it was much harder to do than it is now. There wasn’t any internet, for a start. Of course, not everyone is on social media, even in 2016, so it’s not a foolproof way to find someone. You could always go old school and hire a private investigator!
Facebook can boost your self-confidence
We all want people to like us in our everyday lives, and it is no different online. According to research, spending as little as 180 seconds on the social platform can make you feel a whole lot better about yourself. Maybe it’s because we can pick and choose what information we put out there. You can carefully craft your image, and make your life seem more exciting than it is. The biggest ego boost was shown to be found by editing your profile while taking a break from Facebook. It’s not clear why, but it provided the greatest boon to confidence over any other action.
Slim down with Support
If you’re trying to lose weight, then don’ do it alone. Participants trying to shed a few pounds lost more when they were members of a Facebook community or group that provided peer to peer support. Those that chose to go it alone lost, on average, nearly five pounds less than those who did it with online assistance. So, you could forget the gym once in awhile and still lose weight!
Seeing all of your friend’s posts can give you your own ideas for a whole host of things. Things to do, places to go, the list goes on and on. Let’s face it; it’s hard not to get jealous when you see your friends snaps from exotic destinations. Take their lead and book yourself a vacation. It’s well known that getting away from it all is good for you.