The average person who spends all day on the internet may be happier than the average person not spending time on the Internet.
But how does this compare to someone who’s not on the web?
According to research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the average internet user is, on average, 1.4 times happier than someone who spends an average of 1.5 hours a day on social media.
The researchers say the relationship is strong, and they believe the results will help us understand how much time people should spend on social networks and what they actually do online.
“The relationship between boredom and happiness has long been debated, and it is interesting to see that boredom is a mediator, as opposed to the primary variable,” lead author Sarah Cramer of the University of Southern California said in a press release.
“Boredom is not a neutral factor, but it does appear to be an important one in our lives.”
Boredoms are subjective, but when we spend too much time on a single activity, we experience a decline in our happiness, according to a study published in 2011 by researchers at New York University and Harvard.
And studies have shown that the longer we spend on a task, the less pleasure we experience, according a study in Nature last year.
But researchers found that it was the effect of boredom that remained significant.
Boredome is a state of mental fatigue.
This is a mental state that occurs when we are bored with an activity, and we feel a negative state of mind and can feel less motivated to do something else, said lead author James J. Leshner, a postdoctoral fellow at the University at Buffalo.
It also appears to be a predictor of depression.
Leshner and his colleagues tested the idea that boredom was the mediator of happiness.
They measured the average amount of time people spent online per day, and the relationship between those two variables.
The average amount spent online was 0.4 hours, or about four hours per day.
Then they divided the amount spent by hours worked to get an average amount that was consistent with what would happen when people spend an average time of an hour a day online.
This meant that they found that boredom did not seem to matter.
But when people spent an average 2.7 hours a week online, boredom had an effect.
This means that the amount of online time people spend online is not only important, but also associated with the amount they actually spend online.
“These findings indicate that there may be some causal link between the amount that people spend and how happy they feel, but we cannot know that this is causal because of the large number of variables that are associated with these outcomes,” Leshners research team wrote.
While the findings suggest that boredom does not cause negative feelings in people, Leshers team suggests that it might be important to keep a diary, and if you do, write down how much of your day is spent online.
You can also create a spreadsheet to record your online activity.