Do you know some facts about how many people use social networking sites? According to PewResearch, 73% of online adults use social networking sites as of September 2013. Here are some more statistical facts for you:

  • 71% of online adults use Facebook
  • 18% of online adults use Twitter
  • 17% use Instagram
  • 21% use Pinterest
  • 22% use LinkedIn

With the growing hours people spend on social networking sites specifically Facebook — yes, that includes you, have you ever wondered what good do you get in all these? While there are signs and warnings everywhere about the risks of such prolonged use, along with a number of research and studies telling us the dangers that Facebook could possibly cause, there are also a number of reports explaining how good Facebook can be good for you.

Here are some reasons why Facebook can be actually beneficial to you:

1. It Improves Your Heart Rate

According to researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Milan, spending time on Facebook can help you relax, slow down your heart rate, and decrease your stress levels. It was reported that Facebook somehow sparked a natural high, which led to the relaxed heart rates and lower stress levels and tension among its studied users. The findings support the researcher’s hypothesis that Facebook, as well as other social networking sites, correlates to the positive mental and physical state that users feel. Therefore, we can safely say that using Facebook can make us healthy in a way!

2. It Could Help You Find Your Dream Job

Since people can post almost anything under the sun on Facebook, there’s also a great chance that you could land a job thru your Facebook page. A number of businesses are already using the social networking site to search for potential employees, and helps them determine who could be the best candidate for their hiring position. A study made at the Northern Illinois University discovered that the raters’ impression by simply browsing a candidate’s Facebook page gave more bearing than the scores a candidate gets from the personality and IQ tests that companies provide to their applicants.

A person’s wall posts, number of friends, photos posted, give the raters a clearer picture of how social that person is, as well as his or her tastes in music, books, and so on. So be careful of what you post because it could backfire to your career later on!

3. It Boosts Your Self-Esteem

Using Facebook can also help in boosting one’s self-esteem. How? The social media site allows people to put their best image forward by choosing what they would like others to know about themselves. The positive feedbacks and likes, in return, contributes to their self-esteem boost. The first study to show the psychological benefits of using Facebook was done by researchers at Cornell University, which revealed that people do get a self-esteem boost just by looking at their Facebook wall. Jeffrey Hancock, one of the researchers, told the Cornell Chronicle: “Unlike a mirror, which reminds us of who we really are and may have a negative effect on self-esteem if that image does not match with our ideal, Facebook can show a positive version of ourselves. We’re not saying that it’s a deceptive version of self, but it’s a positive one.”

4. It Increases Productivity at Work

True, there are still some that believes non-work related sites only distract employees and refrains them from being able to finish their work on time. However, this seems not to be the case on a research done from Keas.com wherein a 10-minute Facebook break actually makes an employee happier, healthier, and more productive. Three group of workers were given three different types of break: one that was not allowed to go on breaks, the other one was allowed to do anything except use the Internet during their breaks, and the third group was allowed to have 10 minutes to surf the Internet and use Facebook. The result? The Facebook group was found to be 16 percent more productive than the group that was allowed to do anything on their break, and nearly 40 percent more productive than the group that is not allowed to go on breaks.

5. It Improves Your Love Life

And the last, but the most important of all reasons, Facebook can improve and even help you find your one true love. Based on a research study, nearly 60 percent of singles will make new friends on Facebook after meeting them in person. If they like what they see, 25 percent will contact their new love interest thru Facebook. Almost 40 percent of those social networking adults will update their relationship status on Facebook once the courting is over, 24 percent among those let their friends know first. Couples also exchange messages or chat thru the social networking site, and more than 60 percent would post romantic messages or pictures on their special someone’s Facebook wall.

It’s alright to join social media sites — such as Facebook, as long as you do it in moderation and with good intentions. Anything that is abusive becomes harmful, not only to ourselves, but also to our real personal and social relationship with the people around us. These sites should only be used for some entertainment and leisure time, and should not consume a significant amount of our daily lives. What matters most is our real and personal interaction with the world, in which will give us the long-lasting benefit that we really need.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 4:25:33 PM and is filed under Mixellaneous.

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