Lonely people are more likely to over-share on Facebook

Over-sharing on Facebook FB, -0.28% may be a sign of loneliness.

People who spent the most time on social media had twice the odds of having greater perceived social isolation, a study of more than 1,700 people published Monday in the academic “American Journal of Preventive Medicine.” Social isolation, a state in which an individual lacks a sense of social belonging, true engagement with others, and fulfilling relationships, is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, the researchers said.

It’s not the first time scientific research has linked sadness and social media. More than 79% of the users who describe themselves as “lonely” disclosed personal information, such as their favorite books and movies, compared with less than 65% of other users, according to a 2014 study published by researchers at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia, which will appear in the July issue of the journal, “Computers in Human Behaviour.

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