By DAVID SCHMIDT and CHRISTIAN BONNERSTEIN Associated Press writerTODAY, MARCH 4 (AP) If you want to spend more time with your family, spend more on free stuff.
That’s the advice from researchers who say people who can afford to spend less time online and more time at home are happier, healthier and have lower rates of chronic disease.
The research was presented Wednesday at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting in San Diego.
Research published in April by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed that spending less time on online and social media could boost a person’s happiness and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
But, says Jennifer Coyle, a psychologist and associate professor of marketing at the University of Michigan, those results are limited.
There are several reasons why people can’t pay for everything online and can’t spend as much time on the internet, she says.
“We need to be aware of all the costs associated with using online and not just the cost of it,” she says, such as cost of bandwidth and data caps, which could be higher if you’re using social media.
“I don’t think people want to have to pay for all the things they enjoy online.”
The research showed that people who spend less online are more likely to have a better quality of life.
And spending less online is correlated with better health outcomes.
Researchers said the research doesn’t necessarily prove that spending more time online lowers your risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or other chronic diseases.
It does suggest that the use of social media can help people manage their health.
And if you want a boost to your online time, there are other benefits, Coyle says.
You can even see it on the inside, when you get your email and find out it’s free.
It’s the same feeling as having the world’s best burger, says psychologist and behavioral economist Mary Beth Cope.
She’s author of “The Happiness Diet” and teaches psychology at the Kellogg School of Management.
She said most people have a preference for certain things that make them happy.
“If you want something that you don’t enjoy or have a different feeling about, you don.
That’s your comfort zone,” she said.
“If you like something, you’ll find a way to use it.”
So, you might consider making a purchase.
But if you can’t, consider buying something else that will give you a sense of purpose.
If you find it hard to buy something because of its perceived negative effects, you can also try to find a new source of happiness, such, finding new friends and new things to do, Cope says.
And, she recommends that you try new things in the meantime.