According to a study which was conducted by Edinburgh Napier University, having numerous amounts of friends on Facebook could cause a considerable amount of stress to a user.
The study found that 12% of people who responded to the questionnaire said that Facebook made them feel anxious, and a third of them said that if they decline a friendship request makes them feel guilty and uncomfortable.
The doctor which led the study noted that she had found that Facebook could be more stressful for those with lots of friends as they felt a pressure to keep updating their status with interesting events and happenings in their life opposed to “having a birthday party and my dog just ate the cake – yum”.
Edinburgh Napier University said: “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.”
“It’s like being a mini news channel about yourself. The more people you have the more you feel there is an audience there. You are almost a mini celebrity and the bigger the audience the more pressure you feel to produce something about yourself.”
What do you think of the study then? Are you a facebook-a-holic? Find you uploading complete junk to your facebook wall and desperately waiting for Facebook phones? Pop your comments below.
Personally, I get stressed pretty easily with work, money, social life and so on. Facebook is my escape! If I found it in any way stressful, then frankly I wouldn’t use it!