My how the world has changed. It wasn't all that long ago when the internet didn't yet exist, people read newspapers instead of smartphones and when talking to a friend was done in person or on the phone.
Fast forward a few decades and social media is now the connection between friends and family, and no network is stronger than that of Facebook's (FB) .
However, it's been a long-lasting argument that kids should get off their phones, ditch the computer and head out for some time with their friends. And while exercise is certainly encouraged, new studies have confirmed that online social networks are actually good for our health - yes, seriously!
William Hobbs was the lead author on the study, saying that it was already well-known that offline social circles helped lead to a longer life. But there were questions as to whether that translated beyond person-to-person interaction.
While there was certainly a link between received friend requests and a longer life, the researchers also noted that having a more active online social life helped to encourage an active offline life as well.
The sample size wasn't small either, as the study involved 12 million users.
Shares of Facebook closed at $129.50 Tuesday, down 1.1%.