Portsmouth Uni study finds: Using Facebook ‘can make you happier’

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USING Facebook could make your feel happier, research by a Portsmouth scientist has shown.

Almost 90 per cent of users access the site to look at their own wall posts, and 75 per cent look at their own photos when they are feeling low, new research has found.

A report by Dr Alice Good, of the University of Portsmouth, found that this kind of ‘self-soothing’ use of Facebook is actually beneficial to the user’s mood.

This contradicts previous research that has suggested that looking at Facebook can be bad for your mental health.

Dr Good said: ‘We were very surprised by these findings, which contradict some recent reports. The results indicate we could use self-soothing as a form of treatment for low moods.’

Dr Good, of the School of Computing, questioned 144 Facebook users.