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Warning - Facebook Stresses You Out


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Audrey
- 2802 days ago - dailytelegraph.com.au
Be it for entertainment, social interaction or for a very good cause, Facebook can have its own psychological effects. Do you suffer from Facebook stress?



   

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Kris L (8)
Thursday February 17, 2011, 10:20 pm
I suppose addicted users who try to refrain from using Facebook may also suffer from withdrawal symptoms?
 

Melody Aragorn (135)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 7:39 am
Anything in excess is bad I wont blame Facebook!! For it helps make a difference if used well..
Thank You Audrey
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 2:15 pm
hAVE USED FACEBOOK IN THE DISTANT PAST - DON'T USE IT NOW - BORING.
 

Freya H (358)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 7:31 pm
just one more reason NOT to have a Facebook account!
 

Kisha B (5)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 8:03 pm
I use facebook... but I don't get stressed about it lol if I deny a friend request it's likely because I don't know the person. Who cares? It's for talking to people you want to talk to, if you can be adult about it then it is a useful thing.

But teenagers stress about everything anyway, socially. Like that girl recently who ran over her friend because a guy they both liked denied her friend request, but accepted her friends...
 

Elaine B (21)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 8:16 pm
No wonder YouTube puts out videos warning you about it!
 

Kathleen R (983)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 8:27 pm
ROFLOL!!! It's given me back nearly 60 years of dear friends and MORE~~~
 

Jen D (33)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 8:36 pm
To be honest, I have been active on Facebook for the animals and other causes. Social sites like Facebook can cause a lot of anxiety but not for the reasons they mention. On that site, Care2, and others, there is a great deal of stress when one reads news of animal cruelty, loss of species and ecosystems, killing/injuring of humans, etc., after so long, it becomes stressful and one feels helpless. Even when signing petitions, e-mails, and spreading awareness, one has the feeling he or she is not doing enough. Meanwhile, the sad news keeps pouring in.

In any social site, I have also noticed that animal and human advocates frequently face off against each other over some topic. People jump in and argue, causing one to become apathetic toward saving the earth, humanity, and animals. Speaking of fighting, trolls are also very stressful to me and also to other people.

Thank you for this article.
 

William K (308)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 9:54 pm
People are interesting critters. Interesting in the things that we create, and how we use them in various ways, including self destructively.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 11:05 pm
Care2 keeps me more then busy, so Facebook will never see me! Thanks Audrey!
 

Carol C (97)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 1:04 am
I joined FB a few months ago but have now deleted my account. I can't see what all the fuss is about. It's boring!
 

Bon L (0)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 1:32 am
Thanks for the info.
 

. (0)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 4:23 am
Well im on facebook, but usually no more than 5-10minutes a day. Since I joined I hear a bit more of my sister and brother and the latest hypes of my friends. However my work is all about the internet so I kinda have to. On the other hand, care2 is a bit more work :)
 

Ian Donelson (149)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 11:06 am
Good to know.
 

Dotti L (85)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 12:18 pm
I am on Facebook, but not to "collect" friends. Family and well known friends only. Also, Care2 friends are being able to post petitions. Was asked this morning to change my profile picture to that of an animal to bring awareness of animal abuse. No, not stressed out.
 

Justina Gil (0)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 12:19 pm
Facebook doesn;t really stress me out.
 

Mary M (29)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 1:13 pm
FACEBOOK is ok - but rather communicate on an individual basis to my friend(s) via e-mail. There is no reason in the world for EVERYONE who wants to view your site, to know your very personal business. In some cases it could be dangersous and I see some body I know telling the world, that she's home alone - her husbnad is out tonight working. You shouldn't give out that information. You should also not put in your brith information - Maybe the Month and Day, but certianly not the year. Not because it would tell your age, but with that information criminals can hack into your credit cards and even maybe social security. You have to also not put down your exact location. Say you live in Brooklyn, NY - put down Queens, NY instead. Those that are your friends know where you live. We live in a crazy world, need to be careful of information given out.
Telephone solicitors are another - they called you - don't give them your credit card or other pertinent information, let them send it by mail - but ask THEM to give you your address. After all, they have paid for mass mailing listings. If they can't, then all the more reason not to give out your address.
 

Sylvia W (46)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 2:00 pm
This article doesn't surprise me in the least. I am still a member, but so inactive I might as well have closed my account. About the only thing I use it for is keeping in touch with a handful of relatives who live far away and a few real friends and acquaintances. No 'Farmville' or similar crap - I don't have time, and I sure don't need the stress!
 

Lisa Z (168)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 2:42 pm
Shared on Facebook.
 

Mary M (29)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 3:04 pm
To Sylvia - I too have told people that I don't want or need to play those games - like Farmville. It's a waste of time. I rather spend my time on real issues of importance. Who cares how many animasl you have at Farmville or whatever else they are posting.
 

Julie Kirby (40)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 5:26 pm
I just ignote game requests and don't feel bad at all about not friending every request... Do have a relationship with a group of S Asian "kids"... Hindu & Muslim, it's things like that that keeps me coming back to.FB...
 

Tony H (6)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 6:23 pm
It doesn't stress me out at all. I don't really see as much as I'd like that I can relate to. I visit it often to see what's new. It can be rather boring and people and companies don't seem to check in as often as I'd like.
 

Melanie Clark (13)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 7:41 pm
I love FB. It's like the best site for my escape. Some people prefer other ways to escape, but FB has helped me out a great deal. I am in constant contact with my family (sister, mother, daughter, etc.) and in constant contact with old friend who I otherwise would never have been able to without it. There are games on it that have made my day happy, and I can learn things from others. There has been so much for me to do on it that I have fell in love with it. However, I do take breaks from it and I spend time with my family and do things outside of it as well. I'm sure that some may feel this way, but most of my friends and family find it the best source to just keep in touch.
 

Cheryl Ulrich (110)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 11:26 pm
I'm on Facebook , and I like that it keeps me up to date with my daughter and the Grandkids antics ! :) Interesting to see what old friends are up to ! But I don't play any games .. they just seem so stupid to me. I
noted ..
 

Melissah C (389)
Monday February 21, 2011, 4:22 am
thanks
 

KS Goh (0)
Monday February 21, 2011, 4:36 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Anne P (174)
Monday February 21, 2011, 11:08 am
Thanks Audrey, this is so true! I am cancelling my FB account this week and concentrating ever more on Care2 - here I feel like I am making a real difference, and I have made some wonderful friends around the world!
 

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 10:29 am
Facebook, Twitter & co?
Never.
They have probably more sophisticated tools to evaluate and monitor their members than c2 ever will have.
 

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 10:30 am

The (sad) truth about Facebook
 

Jennifer M (78)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 11:28 am
I love facebook. I live 1400 miles away from my family. It's how we keep in contact. I love being able to see all their pics and stuff (: FB used to stress me out, but I deleted all the people who caused the stress and I don't have that problem anymore.
 

Julie P (17)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 11:51 am
I like that i've reconnected with long lost school friends on facebook!
 

David C. (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 9:37 am
Stress is a matter of imbalance in one's life. Take a look inward to find out where the conflicts arise.
 
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