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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Study Reveals Twitter And Facebook Fuel Low Self-Esteem And Anxiety

Researchers at University of Salford in the
United Kingdom studied the effect of social
media like Twitter and Facebook on the
personal well-being of a group of users, a
study which indicated that online social
media may be doing more harm than good
on the personal lives users.

The main reason for this is that users of
Facebook and Twitter tend to compare
themselves with online friends all the time.

Of the 298 social media users who
participated in the study, about half of them
say that their use of Facebook and Twitter
had changed their behaviour negatively.

55% of participants said that they felt
worried and uncomfortable when they
could not access their Facebook pages,
expressing symptoms similar to smokers
trying to quit smoking.

The participants particularly noted that their
self-esteem suffers when they compare
their own accomplishments to those of their
online friends.

In addition to confidence issues, two-thirds
claim they find it difficult to fully relax or
sleep after spending time on social
networks. A quarter cited work or
relationship difficulties due to online
confrontations. And more than half say they
feel “worried or uncomfortable” at times
they are unable to access their Facebook or
email accounts.

Do those findings align with your own
experiences with social media? And, if so,
how do you keep your anxiety in check?

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