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Study links number of Facebook friends to heightened risk of neurotic disturbance

February 17, 2011

A study conducted at Edinburgh Napier University into Facebook usage:

Dr Kathy Charles, who led the study, said: "We found it was actually those with the most contacts, those who had invested the most time in the site, who were the ones most likely to be stressed.

"It’s like being a mini news channel about yourself. The more people you have the more you feel there is an audience there. You are almost a mini celebrity and the bigger the audience the more pressure you feel to produce something about yourself."
Some 12 per cent of respondents said Facebook makes them feel anxious. They had an average of 117 friends on the site, compared to an average of 75 friends for the rest of the students.


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