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Social Media Is Causing Anxiety, Study Finds

Facebook Anxiety

Got the Facebook fears?

According to a recent study released by non-profit Anxiety UK, over half of the social media users polled said Facebook, Twitter and other networking sites had changed their lives — and 51 percent of those said it’s not been for the better.

Forty-five percent of responders said they feel “worried or uncomfortable” when email and Facebook are inaccessible, while 60 percent of respondents stated “they felt the need to switch off” their phones and computers to secure a full-fledged break from technology. In other words, it’s not being on social networks that makes people anxious. It’s being away from them.

“These findings suggest that some may need to re-establish control over the technology they use, rather than being controlled by it,” says Anxiety UK CEO, Nicky Lidbetter.

Data also revealed that two-thirds of respondents had difficulty sleeping after using social media, and 25 percent admitted to difficulties in relationships because of “confrontational online” behavior, per the Telegraph.

The survey was conducted by the Salford Business School at the University of Salford, where 228 participants were polled for Anxiety UK’s research.  Read More

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