Is social media actually good for your health?

A strong social network can create a good mood and enhance self-esteem.

This was one of the interesting facts I stumbled upon the other day doing secondary research about wellness.  Here are some others from the web page Dimensions of Wellness:

• Socially isolated people are more susceptible to illness and have a death rate two to three times higher than those who are not socially isolated.
• People who maintain their social network and support systems do better under stress.
• Approximately 20 percent of Americans feel lonely and isolated during their free time.
• Laughter really is good medicine.
• Cholesterol levels go up when human companionship is lacking.
• Warm, close friendships cause higher levels of immunoglobulin A (an antibody that helps keep away respiratory infections and cavities).

Seems that social media (clearly not in the absence of being up close and personal) is actually good for one’s health!