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Is social networking bad for our health?

In happiness on February 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

So, it appears that the piece of research examining how happiness and online experiences correlate (mentioned on this website last week) might be flawed from the start.

An ‘academic’, Aric Sigman (whoever he might be), is now suggesting that because we spend so much time infront of computers, we are interacting socially less and less. And that this has a negative impact on our health.

He claims: that a lack of face-to-face networking could alter the way genes work, upset immune responses, hormone levels, the function of arteries, and influence mental performance.

Source: article today on the BBC website.

So, taking these two theories together, if we continue to interact using online social networking tools such as facebook and MySpace, we’ll end up being happier, but unhealthy.

I’m getting confused by all this. I might have to try and marry the two together.

Does social interaction make us happy?
Does it matter whether that interaction is face-to-face or online?

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