Health

Study: Facebook Users are Fatter and More in Debt than Most People

| by Michael Allen

A new study recently found that people who spend lots of time on Facebook had a higher body mass index, increased binge eating, higher levels of credit card debt and a lower credit score.

One good result from the study was that Facebook members who use the web site to keep in touch with close friends are likely to see a boost in self-esteem, reports RT.com.

Research authors Dr. Keith Wilcox and Dr. Andrew T. Stephen, of the University of Pittsburgh, wrote: “Because consumers care about the images they present to close friends, social network use enhances self-esteem in users who are focused on close friends while browsing their social network. This momentary increase in self-esteem leads them to display less self-control after browsing a social network."

The two researchers conducted five studies on 100 Facebook users to determine how use the social media web site affected their lifestyles.

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The study also said that Facebook users are more likely to act rudely online or lash out at others in a way that was similar to being drunk.

Wilcox told the Wall Street Journal: “Think of it as a licensing effect: You feel good about yourself so you feel a sense of entitlement. And you want to protect that enhanced view, which might be why people are lashing out so strongly at others who don’t share their opinions."