July 03 2019: An item published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies states that researchers at Edge Hill University in the UK have found that the text-based messaging app has a positive impact on psychological well-being. “The more time people spent on WhatsApp, the more this related to them feeling close to their friends and family and they perceived these relationships to be good quality,” said Dr Linda Kaye of Edge Hill University. “As well as this, the more closely bonded these friendships were and the more people felt affiliated with their WhatsApp groups, the more this was related positively to their self-esteem and social competence,” she said. Two hundred users, 158 women and 41 men with an average age of 24, participated in the study. So, even this that is often seen only as a scourge has a good side too.