Women Who Use Social Media Show Less Stress Than Women Who Do Not Use Them - Survey

A logo of Twitter is pictured next to the logo of Facebook in this September 23, 2014 illustration photo in Sarajevo.  REUTERS/Dado Ruvic


You’ve probably had pundits say that you wouldn’t be so stressed if you weren’t constantly following what was happening on social media. But research shows that probably isn’t true.

Heavy users of the Internet and social media do not have higher levels of stress, and women who use Twitter, email and photo sharing show less stress than women who do not use them.

The study found that women were also more stressed than men and the authors think social media may serve as a way for women to deal with this increased stress.

“The electronic tools may provide women with a low-demand and easily accessible coping mechanism that is not experienced or taken advantage of by men.”

But the type of information on social media mattered. “A woman with an average number of Facebook friends is aware of 13 percent more stressful events among her closest ties than those who use social media less.

A typical male Facebook user knows of 8 percent more stressful events. Awareness of stress in others’ lives can be a significant contributor to people’s own stress.

The report was based on a survey carried out from Aug. 7 to Sept. 16 and the margin of error for the full sample was 2.6 percentage points. The margin for the 1,076 people surveyed who used social networking sites was 3.3 percentage points.

References & Further Reading:
1. Reuters
2. Photo Credit: Reuters/Dado Ruvic (A logo of Twitter is pictured next to the logo of Facebook in this September 23, 2014 illustration photo in Sarajevo.)


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