11/1/2016 7:15:54 AM
The research confirms what scientists have known for a long time about the offline world: People who have stronger social networks live longer. It documents for the first time that what happens online may matter too.
"Interacting online seems to be healthy when the online activity is moderate and complements interactions offline," said William Hobbs, doctoral student at University of California San Diego at the time of the study.
"It is only on the extreme end, spending a lot of time online with little evidence of being connected to people otherwise, that we see a negative association," said Hobbs, now a postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University.
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