Do online friends boost happiness?

Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine
Online friends do temporarily boost happiness when only a novel “image” or “fantasy” of the individuals is held in one’s imagination without any commitments or real-time conflicts. 

Bonding with family and friends doesn't have to happen in person, researchers say. The Virtual Happiness Project, which studies the relationship between online social networking and happiness, has found that relationships built through online platforms can increase happiness.

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