[Listening] Does Facebook Lead To Loneliness?

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On Facebook, where some people might post a message once a day, others seem to be posting something every few minutes. Are they so lonely that they keep constantly updating their status? If you wanna know about the answer, do the listening and you’ll see!

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There are many reasons why people join and post ______(1 Word Missing) on Facebook. But researchers have begun to study the phenomenon that people have different frequencies on updating posts. And they found that copious posting on Facebook may have something to do with loneliness.

Specifically, the researchers found that people who update their status more often report feeling less lonely than people who post less often.

Now, granted, the study looked at only 100 undergraduate students, around half of whom were instructed to update their status more frequently than they normally would. And then they self reported on their levels of loneliness, happiness, ______(1 Word Missing), and so on. So this question requires more in depth research.

Still, it’s a ______(1 Word Missing) finding. Interestingly, the students who posted more did not report feeling happier, or less or more depressed. So status updates seem to have something to do specifically with feeling less lonely and more socially connected.

What I find even more interesting is that it did not seem to matter whether the students got any “Likes“ or responses to their posts. Just the act of updating their status was enough to make them feel less lonely.

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