Facebook has over 1.7 billion daily active users according to their investor relations report.
Yes. Billion. With a “B.”
And with so many people logging on, that means Facebook can be home to some very (very) niche subcultures.
From people who want Detroit to install a Robocop statue to those who enjoy sharing second-hand knick-knacks to some real-life monsters who appreciate the font Comic Sans, Facebook’s groups are as diverse as the human race itself.
Which means those of us interested in radically extending the human lifespan should have no problem finding great longevity Facebook groups to join, right?
There are actually so many longevity and life extension Facebook groups out there that finding the best ones to join is an exercise in sifting through hundreds of different groups to see which are not only active, but also have quality posters and discussions that are well-moderated and research-backed.
So to save you the trouble, I’ve gone ahead and done all that backbreaking work for you.
The best longevity Facebook groups
I used the following criteria to select this list of the best anti-aging Facebook groups:
- At least 1,000 members.
- At least five posts a week.
- At least five of the ten most-recent posts refer to or cite a peer-reviewed research study.
- No more than 20% of comments on the ten most-recent posts attempt to push or promote homeopathic medicine, spiritual healing, or other unproven medical science or interventions (including unfounded claims about substances like CBD oil or venus fly trap extract).
- None of the ten most-recent posts push affiliate links or ads.
Groups are presented in descending order of member size.
- Members: 9,665
This is the official SENS Research Foundation Facebook group, run and moderated by SENS staff (the admin is the VP of Operations at SENS). It’s where employees of SENS share announcements and discussion topics.
As you might expect, conversation quality tends to be high here, despite the relatively large size of the group. You’ll find more SENS-related content in this group, but also a good share of general anti-aging news, talks, and events.
- Members: 9,631
With moderators from organizations like Lifespan.io and SENS and over 9,000 members, the Immortality Facebook group is one of the largest devoted to life extension and longevity.
Unfortunately, with its somewhat hyperbolic name, the group does attract some members that are more interested in unproven ideas or mysticism, but the knowledgeable admins and other members usually respond well by providing links to actual research and scientific studies.
In general, conversation in the group includes event announcements, discussions of potential anti-aging interventions, and links to news and articles related to life extension.
- Members: 7,147
With five admins and moderators, including the founder of Open Longevity and members of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, this longevity Facebook group does a pretty good job of keeping conversations on-topic and high-quality (though the odd pseudoscience pusher still sometimes pops up).
Posts are mainly links to articles, videos, or other content related to longevity. They also include events, local meetups, recent studies, and news.
- Members: 5,683
Run by the folks over at the International Longevity Alliance and with over ten admins and moderators and notable commenters like Liz Parrish of BioViva, this anti-aging Facebook group keeps a high-level of discourse despite having over 5,500 members.
The ILA’s Facebook group has a good mix of announcements from respected longevity organizations like SENS and Forever Healthy, and news relevant to life extension like new studies and research results or links to videos of talks and presentations. If you’re looking for a good all-around group to get a picture of happenings in the longevity industry, this is a solid one for that.
- Members: 5,633
Joining this longevity Facebook group is a good way to keep a pulse on news and progress in the industry. Members primarily post links to recent studies and science articles.
With eight admins and mods, most spam and anti-science posts get caught and deleted, but some occasionally sneak through.
- Members: 2,849
Moderated by people including a former SENS employee, the founder of Forever Healthy, and an employee of Ichor Therapeutics, this longevity Facebook group was created with the sole purpose to “share articles published in the peer-reviewed literature within the last month” about life extension and anti-aging therapies.
And the posts (primarily from admin Sven Bulterijs) live up admirably to this purpose, with links almost exclusively to scientific journals like Nature or anti-aging research studies in PubMed or on BioRxiv. If you want a great place to keep up with the technical, hard science of the life extension field, this group is for you.
- Members: 2,592
This anti-aging research Facebook group only has two moderators. Content primarily focuses on senolytic drug research and other interventions for clearing out senescent cells. Occasionally, the moderators allow more general longevity-related posts and announcements.
Former SENS researcher Sven Bulterijs is again the admin/mod superstar here, seeming to generate good discussion across all the several longevity-related groups he runs.
- Members: 2,056
One of the best collections of knowledgeable self-experimenters on Facebook, this group is ably modded by admin Nils Osmar who keeps discussions on-track and fact-based with his high-touch approach.
His rules include a pinned post at the top of the group reminding people: “Please remember though that we can’t ‘diagnose or prescribe’ for each other. (Even if we were all medical doctors, we couldn’t do that online.) So instead of saying ‘try this,’ or ‘do this,’ you might write, ‘Some people are trying this…’ or ‘I’ve tried this,’ or ‘This is what I might do if it were me.’”
Conversations in this group tend to be very well-informed, with links to research and studies to back up particular claims, and members helping out newbies who have questions on particular supplements or drugs, dosing schedules, or other longevity lifestyle changes.
- Members: 1,287
This is the American affiliate of the International Longevity Alliance (mentioned above) and admins include Liz Parrish (of BioViva), and several staff members of Lifespan.io. Discussion quality in the group is consistently high, with prominent members of longevity organizations posting papers, presentations, and new studies on life-extension research.
Unfortunately, while post quality is generally high, engagement from the over 1,100 members seems low compared to other life-extension Facebook groups, and you may not see the level of conversation or back-and-forth in this group that you will in others.
- Members: 1,167
Created by popular longevity news site Lifespan.io (part of LEAF and organizers of a popular longevity conference), this life extension Facebook group has six admins and a highly-engaged community.
As they describe it, the group covers, “Science news from the frontline of aging research, interviews with the thought leaders, panel discussions, human clinical trials’ trackers, longevity conferences, and plenty of advocacy tips for those who like spreading the word about the possibility of ending aging!”
There were a few groups that didn’t quite make the cut (either because of size, content that duplicated groups already on the list, or topic coverage a little outside the main life-extension focus of this list). Even so, they may be interesting or useful to readers. I’ve included them below:
- Cryonics Institute
- Members: 8,644
- WE ARE CRYONICISTS
- Members: 1,265
- Longevity Conferences
- Members: 835
- Discussing SENS (with Aubrey de Grey as an admin)
- Members: 774
Any good longevity Facebook groups we missed?
Add your favorites in the comments (so long as they have nothing to do with Comic Sans)!
I’m the co-founder of Longevity Advice and have been passionate about radical life extension ever since I was a teenager. Formerly I was a content marketing director in the B2B software space. I’m also a sci-fi novelist, wargame rules writer, and enthusiast for cooking things in bacon fat. My sister once called me “King of the Nerds” and it’s a title I’ve been trying to live up to ever since.