Looking for lifelong happiness? Sure, you could get married and have kids–or you could just go on Facebook. A new study from Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook researchers shows that the social media platform can impact your feelings of well-being and satisfaction just as much as marriage and parenthood. But there’s a catch: You have to do more than just read posts or click “Like.”
“We’re not talking about anything that’s particularly labor-intensive. This can be a comment that’s just a sentence or two,” explains researcher Moira Burke. “The important thing is that someone such as a close friend takes the time to personalize it.” About 60 such comments from close friends per month increased psychological well-being as much as positive major life events.