A researcher in Australia was talking to his colleagues about how he quits Facebook occasionally, because of the stress level of keeping up with more and more friends.
So they decided to do a study and see if quitting Facebook ACTUALLY relieves stress.
(I'm curious because several of my friends take "vacations" from social media... maybe they're on to something!)
Results? Yes... taking a break from Facebook relieves stress. (That includes perceived stress as well as biological markers of stress.)
There are side effects. After a few days, people reported being less satisfied with their lives. Researchers think it may be that they're missing the rush that comes from people liking or commenting on their posts. And FOMO (fear of missing out) apparently is a real thing.
Giving up Facebook leads to a drop in the stress-related hormone cortisol, study finds. https://t.co/bEWSWGUDCR— AP Psychology (@AP_Psychology) April 3, 2018
Me? When Facebook stresses me out, I don't give it up completely. I just check notifications and leave the newsfeed alone til I have more time or I'm in a better mood.
Just because someone's posting, doesn't mean you have to be reading... or the first person to comment or "like" it.
But maybe that's just me.
I must say not having my facebook has been a stress free life it feels good asl not keeping up with all the latest drama😇— cuhnaeee👑 (@Naeeee11) April 3, 2018
Facebook isn’t what it used to be where you were there to strictly connect with friends and family. Not be flooded with re-shared posts which is all that it has become at this point. A study shows that getting rid of Facebook reduces stress. I believe it, 100%. #Facebook— A (@abpboston) April 3, 2018
People are too bold on Facebook. Leave the personal details for your Twitter your grandma doesn’t need that kind of stress— Catherine (@cattiewack) April 3, 2018
facebook gives me so much stress, just seeing old classmates churns my stomach lol— blegh (@nikiforlove) April 3, 2018