Could Facebook Overuse Cause You To Be Miserable?

Facebook is the biggest of all the social networks, it boats more than 500 million users with more than half of them returning daily to perform general tasks. It is also becoming a big resource for brands and sports. It’s so big that it may even be buying Twitter!

We have now read a report that Facebook overuse could cause you to be miserable. The article was found over at techeye.net and was written by Tamlin Magee; the author is posting the findings of a psychological study carried out at the Edinburgh Napier University with the overall conclusion being, the more Facebook friends you have, the more likely you are to go mad with stress.

The results show that 12% (1-in-10) who took part in an online survey said that the site made them feel anxious. The research also showed that 10% of people simply didn’t like receiving friend requests. Another part of the study revealed that 32% of the sample found themselves feeling guilty for rejecting a friend request.

Many of the responses within the study also lets on that the figures are under-accurate, as in the group and one-to-one interviews many of the test subjects expressed stress and anxiety with feelings of exclusion.

Something I would love to know from the study is the age range of the people partaking in the study. Clearly anyone feeling this strongly for a website needs some help don’t you think? How can anyone get so attached to Facebook? Are you addicted to it? Let us know in the comments section below.