Statistics show a new trend in this New Year’s resolutions that people shared on their social media: less scree-time came in a close third after the all-time-favorite loss of weight and after quitting smoking. People seem to hop on so very easy on the social media-detoxes train, buying apps that will urge you to get off your phone and going on no-Wi-Fi camps.
The new trend reacted to a world-wide concept which tells us that the over-use of technology keeps us stressed, makes us unhappy, and even worse, unhealthy.
But there’s a new research in town, provided by Pew Research Center and Rutgers University, telling us that recent studies showed that people who are often connected on social media are not more stressed or less happy that those who choose to live tech-free. Moreover, the study showed that women actually use social media to wind down; women who often used Twitter and Snapchat showed less stress than those who did not. It turned out that people only get stressed because of social media when they see news of friends who are in trouble, sick or facing unemployment.
The fear of getting stressed by technology is not a novelty. When telephones and televisions arrived in everybody’s pocket and living room, people feared they would interrupt our lives and put a lot of pressure on us to be more productive. In fact, the pros defeat the cons. Today’s technology changes our routines again, but it doesn’t necessarily make them more stressful.
It all comes down to how people use social media. On one hand, researchers believe that it can induce anxiety and ADHD symptoms, and mess with our skills of learning and remembering. On the other, studies show that, especially in the younger demographic, it enhances trust, encourages social support and helps build close friendships.
The reason why social media can be a useful tool is because people’s moods and spirits are higher after sharing an experience, and social media provide an easy environment to do exactly that. The study showed that women tend to profit more of the benefit of sharing, both online and in real life.
You could see things like this: just like the phone helped us maintain our real-life relationships, without totally replacing them or destroying them, this study proves that we can use social media as a tool to boost the friendships we already have.
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