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Facebook Is Good for Your Mental Health, Apparently

20/01/2015 15:30 GMT | Updated 20/01/2015 15:59 GMT

The internet is full of people worrying about how bad it must be for us to spend time socialising online instead of face-to-face, but now it seems sites like Facebook and Twitter might actually be helping us.

New studies suggest social media can reduce stress by giving us an easy outlet for our problems and helping us to revel in the problems of other people.

You need to actually interact sometimes rather than scrolling to feel the benefits, however.

We also need to be weary of comparing our own lives with the highlights other people post online. Their Facebook life may be a lot happier than their real life.

Facebook has been linked to problems including eating disorders, low self esteem, addiction and even psychoses.

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