Survey Discovers Negative Emotional Impacts of Social Media

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25th July 2014 16:17 - Information Technology

A recent survey has brought to light the emotional impact social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, has on its users.

The survey, which was conducted by Scope, questioned 1,500 social media users and discovered that more than three fifths (62%) of them said social media sites make them feel less adequate about their own life and achievements.

Furthermore, six in 10 (60%) said websites such as Facebook and Twitter make them feel jealous of other peoples’ lives, with around one third (30%) stating social media sites make them feel lonely.

The survey’s findings discovered that 18 to 34 year olds were three times more likely to admit being “addicted” to social media, with half of this age category also saying social media sites make them feel ugly and unattractive.

Collectively, two in five of the poll’s respondents said they would be happier if they used social media sites less.

Half of 18 to 34 year olds reported trying to stop using social media sites completely, with 45% stating they would like to shut down their accounts. However, many said they would find it hard to stay in touch with peers without sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Debbie Bines, head of challenge events at Scope, said: “Social media at its best is a great way to stay in touch with friends, have a chuckle and learn new things – as well as being the world’s leading source of amusing cat pictures.

"But when things get out of balance and we start comparing ourselves to others, or feeling irritated, jealous or even ugly, it’s got to be time to take a break. We know that loads of people think that they spend too much time online, but feel too addicted to cut down."

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