Have been having frequent mood swings recently and thought that it was due to peer pressure or depression? Well, you may not have realized, but it may have been triggered by frequent use of social networking sites. In a survey by Rebtel, a mobile VoIP company, it has been found that social media sites like Facebook have an impact on our mood. It affects most aspects of our lives, makes us feel more lonely, more envious and even affect memory.
Though most participants [during the survey] said no networks cause them stress or have a negative effect on their mood, Facebook came in as the top site for those whose emotions were affected. Facebook was followed by Twitter (4.7%) in bringing bad vibes. […] Respondents were more likely to be positively influenced by social media, with 45.9% of people listing Facebook as the site with favorable effects on their mood. YouTube ranked at 17.5%, followed by LinkedIn.
Interestingly, Facebook is not the only site taking us on a roller coaster ride. The survey claims that while the site creates the most stress it also brings in more positive mood in comparison to other social media sites. In tallying the responses, Facebook topped the list for affecting emotions followed by Twitter.