By Mary Schwager, GalTime.com
Facebook nightmare scenario #1:"Oh my gosh, what if someone puts those pictures from last night up on Facebook? Dancing on the table and singing with the band after five martinis seemed like a good idea at the time!"
Facebook nightmare scenario #2:My girlfriend is so mad at me. I got tagged in photos standing next to my ex girlfriend! Our pal with the camera just happened to snap the picture during the 30 seconds I was polite and said 'hi' to her! I'm innocent damn it ! Innocent!
Facebook nightmare scenario #3:You have a Facebook friend request from the guy you met at the party last night who had bad breath. He's added a message: "Jeannie, it was really nice to meet you last night at the party--you ran off so fast it was strange. I didn't have a chance to get your number or email. I'm so happy to have found you on Facebook. I saw our mutual friends and wow, I'm also friends with your boss! What a funny coincidence, I was the best man at his wedding. I come by your office a lot actually. Maybe we can all go on a double date soon?"
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Love it or hate Facebook is changing the dynamic of the world. Yeah, we all know by know: It's THAT powerful. The cons: It's gotten people in trouble, is blamed for ending marriages, for helping that creep from high school or the night before find you again, even for assisting 'really smart' employees get fired for making their status, "I'm at Fenway Park! I called in sick for work, what a beautiful day!" The pros about FB are just as overwhelming: It's helped people make friends, network socially, find jobs, connect through professional organizations, spark romance, flirt online, it helps online columinsts promote their articles. (Did I say that?)
It's no wonder a new study found managing Facebook can STRESS YOU OUT ! Researchers Edinburgh Napier University (and, ah hem, here's a link to the school's Facebook page... of course with the study) found that the more friends you have, the more pressure there is to update your status and stay active on the website.
The researchers took online surveys from 175 students about their feelings toward Facebook, nearly 75% of the respondents were women.
12% said Facebook made them feel anxious.
10% said they don't like getting new friend requests.
63% said they put off accepting new friend requests.
Many said though it can be stressful, they don't want to abandon the site for fear of losing social contact. But overall many said Facebook was a great way to keep in touch with people.
What do you think? Does Facebook stress you out? Post your comments below, and if you really like this article: REPOST IT ON YOUR FACEBOOK !
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