In less than a decade, Facebook evolved from a college directory for one university to a full-blown global social network with over a billion users. Its demographics cover all age ranges, cultures, and philosophical views.
But who knew this online platform could also help improve you health? Here are three ways how.
1. Memory retention
Facebook and other social networks have long been regarded as distractions, rather than aids in building memory. However, new research indicates that certain kinds of distractions can actually help memory among the elderly … and that Facebook itself may also enhance recall.
The findings suggest that the aging brain may use different recollection mechanisms than the younger one. It may benefit from repetition, even if that repetition is in the form of distracting or competing events.
These results complement other work that suggests Facebook itself is more memorable — perhaps because of the socially driven cues to the content and the connection that people have with the information that is posted … not to mention the conversational, gossipy tone of the messaging.
When Facebook is used as a journal or diary, it can become a self-motivator. It has a way of inspiring people to take action that they might previously have been avoiding.
According to Joseph Califano, founder and chairman of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), “journaling is a means by which you can actively participate in your own wellness!”
Additionally, The Journal of the American Medical Association cites findings that journaling and expressive writing can reduce symptoms of asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and other chronic illnesses.
3. Facebook’s Antioxidant Fan Pages
A quick search on Facebook will bring up dozens of fan pages dedicated to the benefits of antioxidants. Here you’ll find research to understand antioxidants and how to harness their power to maximize your well-being.
Fan pages like “Your Antioxidant Guide,” for instance, avoid the hype and provide science-based evidence and facts.
More information on antioxidants
EarthTurns.com is one of the reliable resources to learn more about the benefits of antioxidants. One of the site’s current blogs, titled “Antioxidants Benefits on Mental Health,” points to studies that have determined that intake of antioxidant nutrients counteracts the negative inflammatory conditions tied to Alzheimer’s disease.
This list touches only the surface of how Facebook can help with health-related issues. It’s also worth noting that other studies have shown that receiving messages from followers can actually boost feelings of connectedness, especially in people with self-described “low social skills.”