Is Social Media Increasing your Stress Level?

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Are the Social Networks your using increasing your stress level? The article Why do Social Networks Increase Stress uses research from Dr. Lamar Pierce, Dr. Aaron Chatterji, Dr. Jason Snyder, and Dr. Alessandro Acquisti to pin point a few key ways Social Media may be exemplifying your stress levels.

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The possibilities of stress highlighted in the article are:

  • Keeping up with the Joneses – those who say social media influences the products they buy are 45% more likely to categorize their life as ‘Very Stressful’
  • Keeping up with your “self” – 40% of social media users admitted they post/share things to improve their image
  • Keeping up with the NSA – Social network users who are ‘very concerned’ about consumer privacy are 20% more likely to categorize their life as ‘Very Stressful’
  • Keeping up with Technology – 51% of the U.S. admits to being addicted to their digital devices
  • Keeping it in Perspective – 77% of people believe their friends post things to improve their image

What would happen if you no longer could post a photo on Instagram of that perfectly made Starbucks coffee with your name spelled just right? If in order to let your “friends” know what you were up to, instead of writing a post, you gave them a phone call? Would eliminating social media alleviate stress? Or are we accustomed to this world? Would someone giving us a call to talk about their status update make us more stressed than scrolling through a screen?

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One Response to Is Social Media Increasing your Stress Level?

  1. sydhavely says:

    Great post. You raise an important issue. I know I have stopped following some friends on FB because their posts were so self-serving and “liking” stuff that is really superficial but because I know these folks and who will see my “likes”, I “like” a lot of their stuff. Some posts upset me, though, which I guess is stressful. Then again, I may learn something about somebody that I didn’t know happened and then am able to follow-up. Great post, Samantha.

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