Facebook updates may stave off loneliness, even if no one ‘likes’ you, study finds

The Washington Post:

Scientists have found clues to what compels people to constantly update their Facebook status. College students who posted more status updates than they normally did felt less lonely over the course of a week, even if no one “liked” or commented on their posts, researchers found.

Fenne Grosse Deters, a psychology researcher at the Free University Berlin, and a colleague recruited about 100 undergraduates at the University of Arizona. All participants filled out initial surveys to measure their levels of loneliness, happiness and depression, and they gave the researchers access to their Facebook profiles by friending a dummy user.

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