Researchers at Edge Hill University in UK have found in a study that People who tend to spend more time on social media, especially WhatsApp, feel less lonely and have higher self-esteem. They have claimed that text-based messaging app has a positive impact on psychological well-being. Dr Linda Kaye of Edge Hill University said the more time people spent on WhatsApp, the more they feel close to their friends and family and they perceived these relationships to be good quality.
Two hundred users, 158 women and 41 men with an average age of 24, participated in the study. It was published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. The researchers found that the average reported daily use of WhatsApp was around 55 minutes, with people using it because of its popularity and group chat function. Dr Kaye said, group affiliation also meant that WhatsApp users were less lonely. It seems that using WhatsApp to connect with our close friends is favourable for aspects of our well-being.