Shalom Life | April 24, 2014

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.

Mural, Mural on the Wall Brings Animations to Life for Your Children Mural, Mural on the Wall Brings Animations to Life for Your Children TrendingKaty Perry Impersonates Unfunny Rabbi in ‘Birthday’ Music Video [VIDEO] Katy Perry Impersonates Unfunny Rabbi in ‘Birthday’ Music Video [VIDEO] TrendingDrake to Join Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar at iHeart Radio Music Awards Drake to Join Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar at iHeart Radio Music Awards Trending
 

Jewish Hall of Fame: Émile Durkheim

April 23, 2014 | By Zak Edwards
Jewish Hall of Fame: Émile Durkheim

The French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher is considered to be one of the founding fathers of social science

Read More

Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel Slated for ‘The Driftless Area’

April 23, 2014 | By Sarah Bauder
Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel Slated for ‘The Driftless Area’

The film will also star John Hawkes, Ciaran Hinds, and Alia Shawkat.

Read More

Sarah Silverman Apologizes in Advance For Swastika Doodle

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Sarah Silverman Apologizes in Advance For Swastika Doodle

The controversial comedian posted a doodle she drew of a swastika to her Twitter feed.

Read More

Andy Samberg to Return to ‘SNL’ as Host

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Andy Samberg to Return to ‘SNL’ as Host

The 'Saturday Night Live' alum will be hosting on May 17th.

Read More

Drake Lint Rolls His Pants During Raptors Playoff Game [VIDEO]

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Drake Lint Rolls His Pants During Raptors Playoff Game [VIDEO]

The Raptors global brand ambassador wanted to ensure he looked his best while his team beat the Brooklyn Nets

Read More

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman Welcome Baby Frankie

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman Welcome Baby Frankie

The actress announced the birth of another happy baby girl on Tuesday.

Read More

Mel Brooks to Star in Autobiographical One-Man Show

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Mel Brooks to Star in Autobiographical One-Man Show

The 87-year old actor/director is planning a solo show in Los Angeles for one-night only.

Read More

Travel Back in Time with Google Street View

April 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Travel Back in Time with Google Street View

Google's latest feature allows you to scroll through past Street view photos, whether in New York, Toronto, or Singapore

Read More

More Headlines