Quitting the social network was also shown to lower study participants’ sense of wellbeing, too.
And, after the test period of five days, most of the volunteers were happy to check back in on Facebook again.
Researchers from the Australian Catholic University and the University of Queensland in Australia say the mixed results could indicate that temporary rather than complete breaks from Facebook are best for our overall health.
“The typical Facebook user may occasionally find the large amount of social information available taxing, and Facebook vacations could ameliorate this stress – at least in the short-term,” write the researchers.
With only 138 people involved in the study, and just five days of measurements, it’s a stretch to make any broad generalisations about all of Facebook’s 1 billion plus users.
But the research has some interesting points to make about the effects social media sites have on us – both the effects we know about and those that happen subconsciously.
For example, measurements of the saliva of the people who gave up Facebook showed that cortisol levels had gone down.