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Facebook: beneficial or stressful?

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The more Facebook ‘friends’ you have, the more likely you are to feel stressed out by the social networking site, according to a study by Scottish researchers.

Researchers concluded that for a significant number of users the negative effects of Facebook outweighed the benefits of staying in touch with friends and family.

Kathy Charles, who led the study said: “The results threw up a number of paradoxes. For instance, although there is great pressure to be on Facebook there is also considerable ambivalence amongst users about its benefits.

“And we found it was actually those with the most contacts, those who had invested the most time in the site, who were the ones most likely to be stressed.”

the best thing about Facebook was ‘keeping in touch’, however without any further explanation.

UK Research links Facebook popularity to increased stress. Information World Review, Online, 17/02/2011.
http://www.iwr.co.uk/social-media/3010750/UK-research-links-Facebook-popularity-to-increased-stress

Written by hbasset

February 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm

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