by PCN: July 25, 2012
Posted in News
Regularly using social networking sites can make people feel inadequate and confrontational, a new study has found.
Over half of respondents polled by Salford Business School, on behalf of Anxiety UK, said that their behaviour has changed negatively since they started using Facebook or Twitter.
Many had problems with negatively comparing themselves to others, spending too much time in front of the computer and having trouble being able to disconnect and relax. Some had problems in their relationships or jobs after being confrontational online.
60 per cent of the 298 people questioned said that they had to switch off their phone or computer in order to have a break.
However, not being able to access social networks and email can also cause stress – 45 per cent felt worried or uncomfortable if they couldn’t get up to date.
Nicky Lidbetter, Anxiety UK’s CEO, commented: ‘We were surprised by the high proportion of people who found that the only way to ensure a break from the demands of their devices was to switch them off, as if they were not capable of simply ignoring them. These findings suggest that some may need to re-establish control over the technology they use, rather than being controlled by it.’