WhatsApp can be good for your health, researchers find
The more time people spent on WhatsApp per day, the less lonely they were and the higher their self-esteem, as per a study.
The study titled Psychosocial Outcomes Associated with Engagement with Online Chat Systems and published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, found that the text-based messaging app, which offers users group chat functions, has a positive impact on psychological health.
The more time people spent on WhatsApp per day, the less lonely they were and the higher their self-esteem as a result of feeling closer to friends and family, states the research.
"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”, says Linda Kaye, Professor at Edge Hill University adding further that 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.
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.