1. Boost your confidence in minutes–Spending just 3 minutes on Facebook can make you feel better about yourself because you’re able to choose the information you put out there. Editing your own profile during a Facebook break also gives users the biggest confidence boost.
2. Chill out by perusing posts—Study subjects experienced a decrease in heart rate and lower levels of stress and tension when using the social network.
3. Dream up vacation ideas–Users reported feeling envious while visiting Facebook. Specifically, drooling over others’ vacation photos leads to more than half of jealousy-inducing incidents. But research shows taking a vacation reduces stress, increases satisfaction, and could even help you live longer.
4. Show off—Almost two thirds of men report putting their art, music, writing, and photography online compared to just 50 percent of women.
5. Drop pounds—Users following a weight loss program shed more weight—4.5 pounds, on average—when they joined a Facebook group than those who followed the program without social media. Sharing your goals and progress can help you feel accountable and motivated.
6. Fight pain–People reported lower levels of pain while viewing photos of a loved one.
7. Boost productivity–Workers given a 10-minute break to read Facebook were 16 percent more productive than a group that wasn’t allowed to use the Internet during the rest, and 40 percent more productive than people who didn’t receive a break at all.
8. Smarten up–A study found that older adults who used Facebook experienced a 25 percent improvement in their working memory, possibly because it requires you to process so much information at once.
9. Land a date–Men feel more confident saying things online they may not say in person. In other words, logging on can give you the guts to message a girl you’re attracted to, but are afraid to make the first move with face-to-face.
10. Stay informed–Thirty-one percent of men and women say keeping up with the news is the major reason they log on to Facebook.