Cat’s out of the bag, Facebook. While we’re still scratching our heads and wondering what the heck went wrong with, ya know, all of our private data, we can take solace in the fact that a new study has given us yet another reason to say sayonara to social media (well, at least for the time being).
The study, which was conducted by the University of Queensland, Australia, and published in the Journal of Social Psychology, surveyed 138 active Facebook users to determine their levels of life satisfaction, mood and loneliness, and also measured their levels of cortisol (aka the stress hormone). About half the participants deactivated their FB accounts, while the others remained on the social media site. After just five days, the 60 participants without Facebook experienced lower levels of cortisol, while the control group of 78 participants who didn’t give up the social media app maintained higher amounts of the stress hormone.
“One unexpected finding is that people in the ‘no Facebook’ condition spent more time in face-to-face contact with friends on the Sunday during the study,” lead author Eric Vanman said in an interview with PsyPost.
More actual face time and less stress? Consider us signed off (until we absolutely have to like our friend’s #TBT college post).