It all comes back to using social media for the real world friendships. If Facebook is a tool for enhancing offline interaction, then it improves health and longevity. However, if you prefer the online to the offline social connection, then the benefit falters.
Here’s an interesting nugget as well in regards health. Turns out health benefit IS a popularity contest. “On Facebook, you can see who requested a friendship and who simply accepted that request. When they looked at the differences between those who sought out friends and those who were in high demand, researchers found that receiving friend requests was associated with longevity, but requesting friends was not.”
Read the full, fascinating story at Smithsonian Magazine.