Social media does not raise stress, it’s the cost of caring, says study

Ankit Gupta is a writer by profession and has more than 7 years of global writing experience on technology and other areas. He follows technological developments and likes to write about Windows & IT security. He has a deep liking for wild life and has written a book on Top Tiger Parks of India.

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  1. Dan

    Reviewing as much relevant data as Pew had at its site just now, it seems that respondents experienced age-old human emotions upon hearing of alleged misfortunes of friends, neighbors, or family…not in some “scan the ‘Net for issues to be vexed by” manner; put another way, that respondents had personal spheres somewhat smaller in interest and emotional concern than global, just like families, tribes, bands, neighborhoods, and friends have had since the dawn of human socialization.

    In such a context, internet social media seems less generative of stress than it is incidental to “spreading” relevant stress, as have been personal visits, fence posts, bar stools, letters, or telephones as conduits for passing information between and limited to close associates.

    My own real “internet” stress is much more simple: try using Firefox and Noscript these days without having to play wild West ‘telegrapher’ to allow flash/scripts at every single page? Now that’s aggravating (if necessary, in today’s ‘Heartbleed’-style set of concerns). Great article, cheers!

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