Monthly Archives: November 2011
If you recall, not too long ago I blogged about the elusive Facebook poke and about what Poke-induced stress could lead to. Then, just the other day, I shared a study on my wall that claimed that the more Facebook friends you have, the larger your brain is. I immediately clicked to my profile to see how many friends I had! Whew! I was okay. But, I began to wonder about those people who jumped on the Facebook wagon late and just joined… had their brain not fully developed yet?
And then it started to dawn on me! Here I was, spending time out of my day pondering how the amount of Facebook friends was affecting mine and others’ brain size! Just like that, Facebook had become a stress magnet! I mean, we’ve all been there. I’m sure you’ve posted something and then wondered why no one ever commented. Or publicly made fun of something you meant to be serious. Or even worse, took something seriously that was meant to be a joke. Don’t get me into the stress of “to tag or not to tag someone” in a photo…
I began to wonder if anyone else had ever looked into the stress Facebook actually causes on people’s lives. Could one suffer from Facebook-related anxiety? Low and behold, a few inquisitive Scots from Edinburgh Napier University had already asked the very question: Do more Facebook friends cause more stress in your life? And indeed, uncovered these stats:
12 percent of respondents said that Facebook made them feel anxious. Of these, respondents had an average of 117 friends each. The remaining 88 percent of respondents, who said that Facebook did not make them feel anxious, had an average of 75 friends each.
63 percent delayed replying to friend requests.
32 percent said rejecting friend requests led to feelings of guilt and discomfort.
10 percent admitted disliking receiving friend requests.
So, what does all this mean?
Well, as much stress as Facebook may or may not cause, I think it’s safe to say, it’s not going anywhere.
So I say, embrace it. Post and comment away.
On second thought… I think I am starting to stress a little about posting this… hmmmm…