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

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

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.

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."


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