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It is time to log off

Editorial Cartoon by Anthony Juarez

Fox News recently reported that a study from Edinburgh Napier University has concluded the number of friends a person has on Facebook can be directly related to how miserable a person’s life is.

After studying 200 students and their use of Facebook, the study found, “For a significant number of users, the negative effects of Facebook outweigh the benefits of staying in touch with friends and family.”

For example, 32 percent of respondents said that rejecting friend requests instigated guilt and 12 percent said it made them feel anxious so they were more likely to delay response.

Also, in the one-on-one interviews done by the survey, it was found that most stress and anxiety felt from Facebook was through feelings of exclusion, pressure to be entertaining or envy of others’ lifestyles.

Yet, as we feel this stress, we do not know when to quit because our friends are still connected and may post something interesting.

“Like gambling, Facebook keeps users in a neurotic limbo, not knowing whether they should hang on in there just in case they miss out on something good,” Kathy Charles, the leader of the study, said.

Being in college is already stressful enough and this study ironically adds to that stress.

We always seem to have the need to be “in the know” of anything and everything that happens with our friends or with society.

And because of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook helps keep us connected.

But we all admit to being addicted and find ourselves logging on to avoid homework or life’s responsibilities.

We log on to escape our boring lives and to immerse ourselves into the lives of others.

We think that reading about our friends’ exciting lives will help us get away from the things that bog us down.

But in fact, this daily logging on is subtly eating away at us.

What this study shows is this escape from the stress of daily life is making us more stressed.

This stress is due to us being subconsciously jealous of great things that happen to our friends.

Although social networking is a convenient way to keep up with friends, it has a bad impact on our mental well-being. Maybe logging off once in a while will help keep us focused and keep us out of the hospital for attempted suicide.

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