A recent study conducted by Behaviour & Information Technology looked at the role of “Social Capital” — or put simply, how many Facebook friends you have.
Think the number of Facebook friends is pointless and useless?
This study suggests that there is empirical evidence linking how may friends you have to many positives in society such as better physical and mental health, and even the amount of money you’re making.
The study claims that there is a strong correlation between the number of Facebook friends and a person’s perceived social “worth.”
Facebook Promotes Mental Health?
Not only this, but the study found that Facebook usage positively correlated with mental well-being, suggesting that people that have low self-esteem and low life satisfaction would benefit with increased Facebook usage.
It’s difficult to assess the validity of this study, however, there is no doubt that “networking” with other people can have a positive effect on life. After all, interaction and relationships are the foundation of society.
So how can you improve your Facebook experience and get more friends?
How To Increase FB Friends
Well, there are several things you can do. For one, instead of exchanging phone numbers, try exchanging Facebook information with a person. You’ll find that sharing Facebook information allows you to connect to a person much easier.
Also, use Facebook effectively if you want to network properly. Update your status every now and then and post pictures. Use it to communicate with people that you may have lost touch with.
Finally, don’t be afraid to use as a means to promote your business or services. This is a great way to get attention and traffic to your profile that you otherwise wouldn’t have.
There seems to be a ton of negative social stigma that revolves around people who spend way too much time on Facebook. It’s true that Facebook can be addicting, and creeping on that cute guy from work is a lot more fun that studying for your biology final, but Facebook can ultimately be one of the most productive tools possible.
- Kevin Johnston, Maureen Tanner, Nishant Lalla, Dori Kawalski. Social capital: the benefit of Facebook ‘friends’. Behaviour & Information Technology, 2013; 32 (1): 24 DOI: 10.1080/0144929X.2010.550063