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“Facebook & Twitter increase anxiety in you”

Facebook-LifeAre you addicted to the Social Media? Do you think you cannot spend a day without using the Facebook or the Twitter? Then you might be interested to learn about a recent study which reveals that the websites like Facebook and Twitter can indeed increase anxiety among the users.

To make to matters worse, the study has also indicated that you might start feeling insecure because of the usage.

The survey report highlights that a majority of the users have admitted that their behaviours have indeed changed since they started using these websites. Half of them think that the changes have resulted in negative impact on their lives.

Users of these websites have also reported during the survey that their confidence levels have fallen with the usage of them. They think that this happens as they compare their own achievements to those of their friends that have been posted on these media.

The study was carried out by the Salford Business School at the University of Salford in Manchester, England, interviewing around 300 people on this subject. The survey was done for the non-profit organization ‘Anxiety UK’.

“If you are predisposed to anxiety it seems that the pressures from technology act as a tipping point, making people feel more insecure and more overwhelmed,” Nicky Lidbetter, the chief executive of Anxiety UK, was reported telling the Telegraph.


The survey brings in reminders from a previous study conducted during the last year about the impact of the internet and the social media on the lives of people. A global study had found that people get “addicted” to the mobile phones, internet and the social media.

Turning of the phones, avoiding the internet and tuning out of the television and radio could result in people suffering from symptoms similar to those seen in drug addicts trying to go “cold turkey”.



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