More Facebook friends = more stress, poll finds

But who wants to swim in wall-to-wall friends?

(Credit: Facebook)

The whole point of Facebook is to keep up with your friends, right? You might think that adding friends means having more fun, but a small Scottish study says it’s adding to our stress.

A report by the University of Edinburgh Business School has found that increasing friends — specifically different groups of friends — increases the potential for stress.

It’s hardly earth-shattering news, but including parents or employers as Facebook friends resulted in the greatest increase in anxiety, according to the report.

“Stress arises when a user presents a version of [herself or himself] on Facebook that is unacceptable to some of their online ‘friends,’ such as posts displaying behavior such as swearing, recklessness, drinking, and smoking,” the university said in a release.

“The more social circles a person is linked to online the more likely social media will be a source of stress.”


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