facebook dislike Study reveals increase in Facebook friends causes stress

Having a large amount of friends on Facebook leads to more stress, according to a study by the University of Edinburgh's business school.

Having a large amount of friends on Facebook leads to more stress, according to a study by the University of Edinburgh's business school.

 
The survey of over 300 Facebook users of an average age of 21 found that anxiety increases when more people are added, largely due to behaviour that is acceptable amongst one group of friends not being acceptable amongst another.
 
For example, posts and pictures may display swearing, drinking or smoking, all of which might be fine with fellow students, but since many people are adding their family and work colleagues, and even their bosses, this can cause a great deal of stress.
 
97 percent of those queried add friends they know in real life, which is to be expected, but 81 percent add extended family, 80 percent add siblings, 69 percent add friends of friends, and 65 percent add colleagues, creating a potentially tricky situation in terms of discerning which group of people is appropriate for which content.
 
facebook stressful Study reveals increase in Facebook friends causes stress
 
“Facebook used to be like a great party for all your friends where you can dance, drink and flirt,” said Ben Marder, author of the report. “But now with your Mum, Dad and boss there the party becomes an anxious event full of potential social landmines. If you have partners, parents, family and employers the more stressful it is as they all have different expectations.”
 
Marder said that people will delete photos on Facebook and “even regulate their offline behaviour,” such as avoiding smoking or drinking in front of a camera, in case it ends up on Facebook for the whole world to see.
 
While Facebook technically has similar post settings to Google+, where posts can be sent to a specific group of friends only, only one third of users actually avail of this. This is not entirely surprising, however, as this feature is far less intuitive than Google's.
 
Time to unfriend some people then.
 
Source: The Telegraph