Facebook's social stress
Women who use a number of digital technologies to communicate with others are less stressed than those who are non-users - Twitter and email use, along with photo sharing via mobile phones, are linked to lower female stress levels. “Compared with a woman who does not use these technologies, a women who uses Twitter several times per day, sends or receives 25 emails per day, and shares two digital pictures through her mobile phone per day, scores 21% lower on our stress measure than a woman who does not use these technologies at all,” says Pew Internet in its Social Media and the Cost of Caring research.
However, Facebook is the one technology which provides higher levels of awareness of stressful events taking place in the lives of both close and more distant acquaintances. A woman with an average size network of Facebook friends is aware of 13% more stressful events in the lives of her closest social ties. And that average woman user is aware of 14% more stressful events in the lives of her more-distant acquaintances.