A new study has found that social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter do not cause increased stress to its users than its non-users despite being more aware of negative events in the lives of their friends and near ones.
The researchers at the Pew Research Centre conducted the new study that was aimed at checking the stress caused by the social networking forums on its users.
For the study, the researchers involved 1,801 adults and surveyed their stress levels with the help of widely used Perceived Stress Scale. The research group asked questions which were designed in such a way to measure the stress degree to which the people feel their lives are overloaded, uncontrollable and unpredictable.
The participants were then asked about their social media use. Some of the questions asked by the researchers to the people were which platforms they use, how many connections they have, how much time they spend with each one and how often they comment or share.
The findings of the study clearly showed that many female users of micro-blogging site Twitter, email services and mobile photo sharing services had less stress levels in comparison to those who didn’t use any such public forums.
Study co-author Keith Hampton, of Rutgers University, said, “There is no evidence in our data that social media users feel more stress than people who use digital technologies less or not at all.”
On the other hand, the male participants showed lower overall stress levels in their lives, which was seven percent lower than women. But they have not reported a similar decline in stress levels associated with their use of social media.
The results also indicated that the social media can make its users more aware of negative events in the lives of their family and friends.