Let’s be honest; we all are addicted to our smartphones and just can’t go on without checking Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. If not these apps, then you are probably hooked on some other apps; but what is a fact is that most if not all of us are hooked. In fact, many people have admitted that they have a compulsive response to check their social media accounts almost constantly over the fear of missing out on anything.
According to recent research, those who spend more time on WhatsApp feel less lonely and have higher reported self-esteem. The research has been published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies and concluded that the famous messaging platform – WhatsApp – does indeed has a positive impact on the psychological health of a person.
The research has been titled ‘Psychosocial Outcomes Associated With Engagement With Online Chat Systems’. According to this study, WhatsApp enables people to feel connected and closer to their friends and family members. This provides a boost to their self-esteem, and they feel closer to their circle.
The researchers have not completely struck out the harmful effects of spending too much time on social media platforms. However, they are trying to make a point that the situation might not be as dire as is being painted by some. The study has also revealed that the closer you feel to your WhatsApp groups, the more enhanced your social competence becomes. As per Linda Kaye, Professor at Edge Hill University, ‘The findings show how factors like social bonding capital are highly pertinent within this field as a way of understanding how technology usage relates to psychosocial well-being.’ These platforms can stimulate the relations that are existing and provide a better communication opportunity.
Despite all of these benefits, it is strongly advised that you rely on apps that can help you monitor your social media usage.