A New Study Reveals Health Benefits Of Whatsapp
Spending time on digital platforms may be beneficial for our health and well being, revealed a study published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.
According to the Business Standard, WhatsApp is good for a person’s well-being. The research reveals further that the more time people spend on WhatsApp per day, the less lonely they are while their self esteem increases.
According to Express Tribune, Linda Kaye, Professor at Edge Hill University, comments on the use of digital platforms like WhatsApp.
“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. “As well as this, 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.”
The research focuses on how the platform in question helps people engage with family and friends thus allowing them to bond with each other.
Express Tribune further quotes Kaye,
“The findings show how including factors relating to social bonding capital is highly pertinent within this field as a way of understanding how technology usage relates to psychosocial well-being.” “It gives rise to the notion that social technology such as WhatsApp may stimulate existing relationships and opportunities for communication, thereby enhancing aspects of the users’ positive well-being.”
While WhatsApp may have social and psychological benefits for its users, it may have negative consequences too. One of them maybe addiction to the platform itself.
In recent times, hoax and fake news have taken over all digital platforms and WhatsApp is certainly one of those. Fake news threads and links are circulated through WhatsApp group chats which creates panic and the news keeps on spreading without any checks and balances.
‘WhatsAppitis’ was declared a credible disease after a woman with ‘bilateral wrist pain’ was diagnose, the pain she induced from overuse of the application. The declaration came in a prestigious medical journal according to Dokter online.
Despite the benefits and enhanced communication which WhatsApp enables, it is important to acknowledge that excessive use of the WhatsApp may have negative repercussions.