Facebook has been around for over a decade, meaning for many of us, it’s become intertwined with our daily lives. But is that really a good thing? According to a new study, which is being hailed as the most trustworthy scientific assessment of social media’s effects, it may not be. The study found that deactivating Facebook or quitting it altogether is unequivocally positive for one’s mental health for a number of reasons. Quitting Facebook reduced the online activity of those featured in the study, and increased offline activity such as socializing with friends and family more. Those who deactivated also observed a decrease in politicization polarization and news knowledge, and saw a small but significant increase in subjective well-being.

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