In a world where the internet is often used as a means to escape stress, it’s becoming harder to avoid social media “epic fail”.
The latest example comes from a study from the University of Cambridge that found that the average person is spending more time online than they did in 2010, with an average of four hours per day spent on the internet.
This means people spend much of their time in a state of anxiety.
It’s no wonder that many people feel they have no control over their lives and the stress they’re feeling is becoming a significant factor in their depression.
“The internet is not an escape, it is an escape from reality,” said Dr Michael Stuckey, the lead author of the study, published in the journal Psychological Science.
“There is no safe, healthy, or sustainable way to live online.”
The problem has been highlighted by research from the US and UK.
One study from Oxford University found that those who had been on the net for at least six months experienced the biggest reduction in stress levels.
A similar study from University College London found that a large majority of internet users felt stressed after only six months of using the site.
“For the average internet user, there are two primary stressors that are associated with internet use: anxiety and loneliness,” Dr Stucker told TechRadaru.
“People are anxious about their personal relationships, and their work-related relationships.”
Dr Stuksie said the stress response is “very subtle” and it is difficult to pinpoint why it is so much worse when people are using the internet for so long.
“It is not that people are not stressed, it isn’t that they are not happy, it doesn’t have anything to do with the quality of their life,” he said.
“If people were to try and pinpoint the root cause, it could be that they do not want to deal with the stress.”
What is the stress effect?
“The stress response can be very subtle and it’s difficult to track precisely what it is,” Dr Paul Meehl, a professor of psychology at the University at Buffalo and the author of How to Live Happier in the 21st Century, told Techradaru.
It can involve things like the feeling of being unable to focus on tasks at a good time, the inability to be creative or do a difficult task at the right time, and it can be the feeling that your relationships are not as meaningful or meaningful as you think they are.
“One of the key pieces of information that you need to keep in mind is that stress is an internal state of mind, not an external state,” he told Tech Radaru.
If you’re struggling with stress, Dr Meehle said, the first thing you should do is to try to “calm down” and try to find some relaxation techniques to help you relax.
Dr Stuck’s study is just one of many studies showing how social media can lead to stress.
A 2014 study from Washington State University showed that people who spent more than 30 minutes per day on social media in 2014 were more likely to experience post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Social media can be a tool for people to feel better about themselves and their lives,” Dr Mooley said.
And even if you’re not in a relationship or struggling with a social media problem, the anxiety you feel after spending too much time on the site could be a sign of the stress that’s being experienced in your life.
“That’s one of the reasons that the internet can be such a good way to escape.
It just makes it a bit more difficult,” Dr Cunliffe said.