Facebook Friends ‘Can Stress You Out’

19 02 2011

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

Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have found a significant minority of users suffered “considerable Facebook-related anxiety”. However, they only received very modest rewards.

More than one in 10 said Facebook made them feel anxious and more than three in 10 said they felt guilty about rejecting friend requests

The study found that 12 percent of the students questioned said they disliked receiving friend requests, while almost two thirds (63 percent) said they delayed replying to friend requests.

“The results threw up a number of paradoxes,” the BBC quoted the university’s Dr Kathy Charles, who led the study, as saying.

“For instance, although there is great pressure to be on Facebook there is also considerable ambivalence amongst users about its benefits.

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