College students who posted more status updates over the course of a week even if nobody liked or commented on their posts, were found to be emotionally better off than their lonely counterparts.
The study involved participants filling questionnaires about their levels of happiness, depression, loneliness and researchers had access to their Facebook profiles. The study found that those who updated their status on FB felt less lonely over the week.
"Their happiness and depression levels went unchanged, suggesting that the effect is specific to experienced loneliness," the researchers wrote.
The study found that there was a dip in loneliness levels when people were socially connected. This was also not dependant on any comments or "Likes" from Facebook friends for status messages.