Social Media Stress: Are You Constantly Connected?

We all know that social media can be a wonderful thing and networking on sites such as Facebook and Twitter can be a great way of keeping in touch with family and friends. Indeed there are many positive aspects of social media but news comes that there may also be a significant drawback for some people.

The Cenovis Chill Pill Survey that was carried out shows that in many cases the need to feel continuously connected is making people increasingly stressed. The survey showed that a staggering 63% of respondents felt that social media added to their stress levels, according to Sarah Malik over on The Age. Also of this 63%, 37% felt pressured to be persistently in contact and the number of people who felt they were expected to reply to messages as soon as possible was 35%.

It’s an enlightening survey and 13% of respondents who said they felt stressed by social media also said that when they used Facebook they felt they had to be witty. Nikkita Venville, a LaTrobe University law student relate can connect to the findings. She said, “There’s a bit of pressure to have a unique status that people will laugh at and press the `like’ button.” She also added that if she was not looking at Facebook updates or replying to messages on a regular basis she felt, “out of the loop.”

The survey also showed that women were more likely to be stressed than men by using social media. For more on this survey which was led by Galaxy Research for sanofi-aventis Consumer Healthcare, go to theage.com.au. Do you feel increasingly under pressure to constantly be in touch on Facebook and other social media sites? We’d be interested in your thoughts on this so feel free to send us your comments.