STUDY: Does Social Media Use Cause Stress?

Does social media cause or accelerate stress? Pew Research Center sought to answer that question with its latest study, which turned up mixed results: Frequent Internet and social media users do not exhibit higher stress levels, but that changes under certain circumstances when they become aware of stressful events in the lives of family and friends.

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Does social media cause or accelerate stress? Pew Research Center sought to answer that question with its latest study, which turned up mixed results: Frequent Internet and social media users do not exhibit higher stress levels, but that changes under certain circumstances when they become aware of stressful events in the lives of family and friends.

Pew said in introducing its report:

For generations, commentators have worried about the impact of technology on people’s stress. Trains and industrial machinery were seen as noisy disruptors of pastoral village life that put people on edge.

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