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Old 16th Feb 2011, 11:17   #1
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Study links number of Facebook friends to stress levels

Those with the most contacts are more likely to be stressed.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2011/02...ds-to-stress/1
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Old 16th Feb 2011, 11:23   #2
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I have a mouth and a phone. Why is facebook useful?
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Old 16th Feb 2011, 11:26   #3
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The only stress I get from facebook is when someone spams me unknowingly because they don't know their malware ridden PC is crapping out garbage.

I used to just remove them but it's got so bad I have blocked anything from being written on my wall.
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Old 16th Feb 2011, 11:30   #4
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Meh, no different from the stress generated by IRC or IM.
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Old 16th Feb 2011, 11:34   #5
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why do people read their feed should be the first stress alarm bell.

i only go on it to use the PM system to connect with friends, i simply don't understand the wall system. when you are having a conversation with another person, you don't want to be interrupted, so why use the wall posts when it's definitely going to get viewed and commented by other people? most of the time, people you never met.
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Old 16th Feb 2011, 11:40   #6
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I've noticed that people with a large friends list very rarely post anything, sort of defeating the purpose of the site...
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Old 16th Feb 2011, 11:40   #7
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I swear, people go out of their way to get stressed these days.

It's not uncommon that I start talking to someone I know and they're suffering from "Stress" or "anxiety" or some other illness.
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Old 16th Feb 2011, 11:41   #8
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I suppose it's essentially the equivalent of being popular in real life. As in the days before social networking sites sprung up, the pressure to manage that many friends, contacts and associates with appearances, witty banter and charming dialogue must have been about the same.
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I don't see how people with thousands of 'friends' on Facebook can relax and be themselves. Well, unless you are actually a well-liked and funny guy like Matt Lucas etc, then I guess so, but otherwise you would constantly feel like curbing your true jesting or honesty for fear of upsetting/annoying people.

Also those who don't fall in the Matt Lucas category and seem to be pulling as many randoms into their 'friends' list as possible, appear to me to be desperately trying to look popular, and the reality is that like someone said above, these people then say bugger-all !
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The only thing that stresses me about facebook is that there is so many people, yet nothing happening at all. Kind of like satellite television, so many channels but nothing on!
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I have a mouth and a phone. Why is facebook useful?
You can speak photographs?! You can call people in multiple timezonesat once without annoying them?! You can organise something with hundreds of people without incurring a huge phone bill?! You phone people up to tell them about funny links all the time?! You can keep in touch with friends you haven't seen for years without being a weirdo?!
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Sounds like you've got quite a lot of friends on the book of faces thingie, Joe...
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Just reading this has got me stressed, I'd talk to my imaginary friend but he's not talking to me at the moment.
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I recent returned to Facebook...

...and now Facebook.... my own personal trolling ground. I have about 20 friends who help me troll people and have a laugh, but that isn't my issue ^.^

Facebook IM can sod off, I just route it through windows live and chat to my mates on there!
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Just reading this has got me stressed, I'd talk to my imaginary friend but he's not talking to me at the moment.
'Poke' him on FB, apparently it's the same as twisting his nipples IRL!
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Hasn't this dude been picked up by the scientologists? He'll just ignore it as all Psychologists are evil in their eyes!
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Imagine if people really did do all that via your phone! Now that would be stressful...
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I have a mouth and a phone. Why is facebook useful?
You can speak photographs?! You can call people in multiple timezonesat once without annoying them?! You can organise something with hundreds of people without incurring a huge phone bill?! You phone people up to tell them about funny links all the time?! You can keep in touch with friends you haven't seen for years without being a weirdo?!
Yep. You know what faceboof is for and would ask WarrenJ those same questions.

I find facebook to be a great tool to keep in touch with people YOU ALREADY KNOW, just to say "Hi" to buddies you havent seen for a long time, from school or something, organize meetings with friends its just way to easy without calling each other making a mess.

Now if you use facebook to know new Ppl and stuff, then I say something its not working
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1 figure they forgot:
100% of internet users that have no facebook accounts had 0% stress related to facebook.

Facebook = Stress
Stress = Early Death
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Facebook Kills
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Geez, makes for some incredulous reading.

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"the study concluded that, for a significant number of Facebook users, the negative effects of the website even outweigh the positive benefits"

* 12 per cent of respondents said that Facebook made them feel anxious

* 32 per cent said rejecting friend requests led to feelings of guilt and discomfort
THEN STOP USING FACEBOOK!

I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family in a casual way. If something urgent or private comes up, I'll use the phone.

If someone is constantly negative or keeps sending around the silly Facebook chain-letter style statuses, I'll put them on ignore.

And if I found myself getting stressed due to Facebook, I'd delete my account.

It amazes me how some people (who are thankfully in a minority) would keep using Facebook even if they don't enjoy it?
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