There has been considerable commentary from critics regarding Internet use and specifically relating higher levels of stress to social media use. However, a study on “the cost of caring,” conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, has found the opposite is true.
Pew is a Washington DC-based nonpartisan think tank. The aim of their research was to explore whether the use of social media, mobile phones and the Internet is associated with higher levels of stress.
The study consisted of a phone survey in English and Spanish and included 2,013 adults. The participants were asked about the extent to which they feel stress in their lives, using an established scale of stress called the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). The scale is based on answers to 10 questions that assess whether a person feels that their life is overloaded, unpredictable and uncontrollable.
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