WhatsApp is good for your mental health !!
There are many studies have shown that the fact that spending most of your time online is harmful to your health, a new study has said that text-based messaging apps such as WhatsApp have a positive impact on a person’s psychological well-being.
The research study published on may 31st 2019, in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies which was titled as “Psychosocial Outcomes Associated with Engagement with Online Chat Systems”, has shown that WhatsApp has positive impact on mental health of users.
This test includes an online questionnaire measuring WhatsApp use and motivations, online bonding, quality of relationships, group identity, and psychosocial outcomes.
The study include a sample size of 200 users which include 158 women and 42 men who had an average age of 24 years.
The study found that the daily use of WhatsApp amongst these users was around 55 minutes. The popularity of WhatsApp and its group chat feature was the reason it was chosen for the test.
The study concluded that the more time people spent on the messaging app per day, the closer they felt to their friends and family.
Dr. Linda Kaye, a senior lecturer in Psychology from the University of York, who co-wrote the study said, “the more closely bonded these friendships were and the more people felt affiliated with their WhatsApp groups, the more this was related positively to their self-esteem and social competence.”
“There’s lots of debate about whether spending time on social media is bad for our well-being but we’ve found it might not be as bad as we think. The more time people spent on WhatsApp, the more this related to them feeling close to their friends and family and they perceived these relationships to be good quality,”
Though there are various studies that include the negative impact by the constant usage of the mobile phone in our daily usage like cell phone affecting the health and child development like the
- Genetic damage
- Memory loss
- Increased blood pressure
- The weakening of the immune system, ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN.
and physical changes in humans like “TEXT” neck like in study done in australia – Researchers study in the Journal of Anatomy said growing numbers of people have growths called enlarged external occipital protuberances(EOP) at the base of their skull.
This bump on our head is mostly cant be visualized or felt with the hand when palpated but these late years many young people seemed to develop the bump which is clearly seen when inspected behind their hair.
Apart from these negative physical health shown by the other studies, this study has shown the positive impact on the mental health of the whatsapp users(texting application).
Though there is a number of research studies which have shown the health hazards on physical health. The recent study which was published in May 2019, have shown the positive outcome of the mental health by texting applications like the WhatsApp users. This test includes an online questionnaire measuring WhatsApp use and motivations, online bonding, quality of relationships, group identity, and psycho-social outcomes. The study concluded that the more time people spent on the messaging app per day, the closer they felt to their friends and family.
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