Cornell University

Accepting more Facebook friend requests is linked to lower mortality, study says

Accepting more Facebook friend requests is linked to lower mortality, study says

Think online social networks have no bearing on your real life? Think again. Scientists who studied Facebook activity and mortality rates of registered California voters found that people who received many friend requests were far less likely to die over a two-year period than those who did not. Initiating friend requests, however, seemed to have no effect on death rates whatsoever.

The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, hint at deeper complexities in the relationship between humans’ health and their social networks — whether those networks are online, or in person.

Senior author James Fowler, a social scientist at UC...

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