The More Friends You Have, The More Facebook Stresses You Out

A study conducted by the Edinburgh Napier University has warned Internet users about the levels of stress caused by social networking platform Facebook.

Researchers over at the University, which conducted the psychological test online, users with the maximum amount of Facebook 'friends' are most likely to feel stressed out by the platform.

The study found that more than one in ten people or 12 percent of the respondents, believed that Facebook caused them to feel anxious while more than three in ten people admitted to feeling guilty and discomforted when they rejected a friend request made to them on the platform.

Dr Kathy Charles, a researcher who led the study, said the results threw up a number of paradoxes. "Our data also suggest that there is a significant minority of users who experience considerable Facebook-related anxiety, with only very modest or tenuous rewards.

“And 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.”

She added: "Although there is great pressure to be on Facebook there is also considerable ambivalence amongst users about its benefits. And 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.”