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Number of Facebook Friends Linked To Anxiety 144

Hugh Pickens writes writes "WebProNews reports that according to a new survey, the more Facebook friends you have, the more likely you are to feel stressed out by the site. 'The results threw up a number of paradoxes,' says Dr Kathy Charles, who led the study. 'For instance, although there is great pressure to be on Facebook there is also considerable ambivalence amongst users about its benefits.' Causes of stress included deleting unwanted contacts, the pressure to be entertaining, and having to use appropriate etiquette for different types of friends. 'Like gambling, Facebook keeps users in a neurotic limbo, not knowing whether they should hang on in there just in case they miss out on something good.'"
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Number of Facebook Friends Linked To Anxiety

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  • Wow... (Score:4, Informative)

    by RobertM1968 ( 951074 ) on Wednesday February 16, 2011 @08:54PM (#35227172) Homepage Journal
    I dont find the amount of FB friends I have stressful, nor do I find deleting any of them stressful. I think people need to start reconnecting with the real world if they suffer stress from such things. Then again, the real world is a lot more stressful... maybe they should keep wasting their time on FB worrying about such "stressful" things - it's a lot less stress than the real world nowadays.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 16, 2011 @11:29PM (#35228122)

    Here's a quick and easy way to pare down your friends list on Facebook:

    "Hey, guys, I'm moving next month. Could any of you help me?"

    Cut out anyone who ignores the request or doesn't give a reasonable excuse. Enjoy your friends list that's gone from three digits to nearly one!

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