Facebook, Twitter make people anxious finds study

Survey carried out on users (298) who use these sites have found more than half of them (53% to be precise) agreeing to the fact that their behaviour has indeed changed and half of this lot (51%) have said that their life has altered course and that too towards the worse end of the spectrum. The survey was carried out by Salford Business School at the University of Salford, for the charity Anxiety UK reports the Telegraph.

The people who found their life changing for the worse have said that the primary reason it seems is the loss of confidence as they have started comparing their own achievements to those of their friends. Further, two thirds of those surveyed have said that it is hard to relax and to sleep after they have spent time on these sites.

Social networking sites’ having an impact on relationships of people is not a new thing and the findings of this survey are no different. Nearly 25% of people polled have said that they have started experience difficulties in their relationships or at work place after they turn confrontational online.

Use of smartphones and tablets to visit such sites is on the rise and 60% of users polled found the need to turning off their gadgets to relax. Nearly 33% of users have switched off their gadgets several times a day.

“If you are predisposed to anxiety it seems that the pressures from technology act as a tipping point, making people feel more insecure and more overwhelmed.” said, Nicky Lidbetter, the charity’s CEO.

To study the impact of gadgets on everyday life, scientists asked volunteers from 12 universities across the globe to stay away from computers, mobile phones, iPods, television and radio for 24 hours. The end result – participants began to develop symptoms typically seen in smokers attempting to give up and a majority of those who enrolled in the study failed to last the full 24 hours without demanding their gadgets back.