Whether you’re waiting in line, eating your lunch or just checking things out while on your computer, Facebook users average over 15 hours a month on the site. Yes, there are those that claim that Facebook is a complete waste of time. However, there are actually a few reasons why you might want to consider using Facebook at least once a day. A couple of these may be a bit surprising.
Facebook Can Actually Increase Productivity
A recent study found that a ten minute Facebook break during the work day actually helped employees get more done. This is most likely because Facebook is often a pleasurable, relaxing distraction that helped employees clear their heads for a few minutes. Just a simple Facebook break from the day helped workers feel more rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of the work day.
Facebook Improves Your Heart Rate
According to a recent study of students, researchers and found that spending time on Facebook actually relaxed heart rates while lowering stress and tension. Overall, user experience while on Facebook resulted in a positive mental and physical state.
Give Your Investments A Boost
According to Business News Daily, companies that were popular on Facebook tended to have higher stock prices. The study suggested that friends are often times are the biggest influence on people. If there are high numbers of people talking about and ‘liking’ a company on Facebook, this is often reflective of the popularity and demand for that company’s product or service in real life.
Feel Better About Yourself
Cornell University conducted a study of how Facebook affects user self-esteem. This study found that users’ self-image actually increased just by viewing their own Facebook wall. Facebook users can control what they post on their wall, and most people tend to upload flattering photos and status updates. How many times do your friends upload photos of themselves when they just wake up in the morning? Probably not many. Additionally, the Cornell study also indicated that using Facebook lowered stress levels leading to users feeling happier and healthier simply by logging on.
Facebook could help you find a job
As you may or may not know, many companies check social networks such as Facebook when looking at hiring potential recruits. However, a study completed by Northern Illinois University showed that hiring managers who viewed a potential candidate’s Facebook account felt that the insight they gained was more valuable than personality or pre-hiring screening tests.
Although it’s true that Facebook can sometimes become a bit of a time waster, it definitely has a strong upside as well. Facebook allows all of us to remain better connected to family, friends and clients. As shown, it can even help you feel better about yourself, find a job and perhaps even assist in your investment portfolio. Keep these facts in mind the next time that you log on.