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Facebook likely to boost happiness in autistic adults, says study

The researchers propose that that ability to interact with others on Facebook, instead of in more challenging face-to-face interactions may help protect these individuals against mental health issues

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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Using in moderation can boost happiness in adults with spectrum disorder (ASD), a study has found.

The finding could not be generalised to overall use of social media, however, because the same was not true of those who used Twitter, said.

from and in the found that while happiness and use increased together up to a certain point, the beneficial effect of use then waned.

The propose that that ability to interact with others on Facebook, instead of in more challenging face-to-face interactions may help protect these individuals against mental issues associated with such as

"Some studies report that up to 50 per cent of adults with have co-occurring may provide a safe starting point for training and refinement of conversational skills," said Brenda K Wiederhold, of the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, in which the study was published.

"Increased self-confidence in one's abilities may lead to eventual translation of these new skill sets into improved face-to-face interactions," said Wiederhold.

First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 02:49 IST
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