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Moderate Facebook aids happiness in autistic adults, says study


Moderate Facebook aids happiness in autistic adults, says study

New Delhi, Mar 14 (ANI): According to a study, moderate Facebook use promotes happiness in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).The researchers propose 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 associated with ASD such as depression. This finding could not be generalised to overall use of social media, however, because the same was not true of those who used Twitter, for example.

In "Social Media Use and Happiness with Autism Spectrum Disorder," coauthors Deborah Ward and Karen Dill-Shackleford, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA and Micah Mazurek, University of Virginia, Charlottesville found that while happiness and Facebook use increased together up to a certain point, the beneficial effect of social media use then waned. "Some studies report that up to 50% of adults with ASD have co-occurring social anxiety disorder.

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