The Reason You Keep Updating Your Facebook Status Is So You Don't Feel Alone

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lonelyDo you update your Facebook status often? If so, why? You may not, consciously, know that answer off the top of your head, but according to a new study, the reason may be because it makes you feel less lonely. Yep, even if no one comments or "likes" your status, apparently writing something on Facebook -- specifically, an update -- eliminates feelings of loneliness in users. And while this finding is certainly interesting, I really can't say I'm surprised.

When you write a Facebook update, especially when it's something trivial (which, let's face it, most updates are), you're basically saying: "Look at me! I still exist!" And that act in and of itself makes people feel less alone. (Evidently.) Even if no one "likes" the fact that you wish you were outside instead of sitting at your desk at work, it's right there for you and all your friends to see. It's basically saying, "Hey! Remember me! I'm here and I'm doing something!" And for some people -- hell, most -- that feels good.

I'm not the world's biggest Facebook fan for many reasons. Not only did I find it a massive time suck, but there have been countless studies concluding that, in a nut shell, Facebook is bad for your health. It can make you depressed; it makes you compare yourself to others. But if writing a status update makes people feel less alone, well, I don't see any harm in that.

So, go on, people -- tell the world what you're having for lunch!

Do you update your Facebook often?


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jalaz77 jalaz77

I don't. But I do have a handful if FB people that do. They are usually pretty funny, LOL funny and some are so negative. What's nice about FB is when you run into someone you haven't seen in awhile you feel like it really hasn't been so long. It's been a great way to keep up with people and reconnect. I am glad I didn't have it in HS I think I would of ranted a lot. Haha.

nonmember avatar Amanda

You know, the facebook "shaming" is getting old. We're not all in the same position in life, so perhaps some of us are grateful we have some sort of life line to the outside world. I am a stay at home mom with a two year old and infant, far away from my family, and without a car (my husband and I share). That means I really AM quite isolated. I am so glad I have facebook, so that it doesn't seem like my family is quite so far away, where I can talk with my friends throughout the day. I think if I didn't have facebook, I WOULD be depressed. So please, stop telling me I"m a pathetic person for using facebook.

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