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October 04, 2019 Friday 07:25:39 AM IST

Technostress from social media

Teacher Insights

Social network users risk becoming more and more addicted to social media platforms even as they experience stress from their use.

Social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Instagram are known to cause stress in users, known as technostress from social media. However, when faced with such stress, instead of switching off or using them less, people are moving from one aspect of the social media platforms to another - escaping the causes of their stress without leaving the medium on which it originated.

Research by Lancaster University into the habits of 444 Facebook users revealed that they would switch between activities such as chatting to friends, scanning news feeds and posting updates as each began to cause stress. This leads to an increased likelihood of technology addiction.

Ideal coping with the stress, should be users creating a diversion by partaking in other activities. They would switch off, talk to friends or family and spend less time on the platform.


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