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Facebook and Twitter Make People Feel Anxious, Inadequate

A new survey shows how social networks negatively affect us

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: July 9th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Facebook and Twitter Make People Feel Anxious, Inadequate

A recent study, conducted by the University of Salford for charity Anxiety UK, demonstrates that Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks create anxiety and a feeling of inadequacy amongst users.

The study reveals that 53% of people surveyed believe using social sites has altered their behavior for the worse. Many participants share a feeling of anxiety and loss of confidence after comparing their achievements to other users on the site.

Additionally, 60% of the people surveyed said that their sleep has been disrupted after using social networks because they have trouble relaxing their minds afterwards.

25% of those surveyed claimed difficulties within personal or work relationships due to actions performed online.

Interestingly, although the social networks are the source of anxiety, 55% admitted to getting “worried and uncomfortable” when they are prevented from logging in.

The study revealed that users only felt completely relaxed when all their electronic gadgets were turned off completely.

"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," said Nicky Lidbetter, Anxiety UK’s Chief Executive.

Dr. Linda Blair, a child psychologist, believes that technology is beginning to controls peoples lives.

"I think one of the key things is that people have begun to behave as though technology is in control of them, instead of the other way round," Dr. Blair told The Daily Telegraph.

"We can switch the gadgets off but a lot of us have forgotten how to," she continues.

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