Are you spending a lot of time on Facebook and want to wean yourself off from the social networking platform? Here's some motivation. A group of researchers from Australia's University of Queensland have found that when a hooked user quits Facebook, he/she is under less stress. So quitting Facebook equals de-stressing, finds the study, led by Professor Eric Vanman, who is a senior lecturer at the university's School of Psychology. The research states that if one abstains from Facebook activity, the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, drops in the body.
Here's how the research study was conducted:
After five days, their saliva samples were taken again and the results were published in the Journal of Social Psychology which stated that the cortisol level dropped among the members of the group which abstained from using the Facebook app.
"Taking a Facebook break for just five days reduced a person's level of the stress hormone cortisol," Medical News Today quoted Professor Vanman as saying.
Excess amount of cortisol, which rises when a person is stressed, can compromise immune system, impair memory and make the body susceptible to obesity.
The research also suggested that quitting Facebook might make one sadder during the initial phase.
"While participants in our study showed an improvement in physiological stress by giving up Facebook, they also reported lower feelings of well-being," Professor Vanman was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.
The findings may apply to other social networking platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter among others, the researchers said.
(With Inputs From ANI)