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Facebook Users Prone to Anxiety and Alcohol Abuse

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Here’s something that shouldn’t come as a shock to you – According to a new study, Facebook users are prone to anxiety and alcohol abuse (you don’t say?).

Russell Clayton, the author of the study for the University of Missouri School of Journalism, found the students were more “emotionally engaged” with the social media site if they drank heavily or were deemed anxious vs. the average student on campus.

In the study, the students were ask about their “perceived levels of loneliness, anxiousness, alcohol use, and marijuana use.” From there, Clayton used the data to predict one’s social media connectedness.

In a press release about the study Clayton claims:

“People who perceive themselves to be anxious are more likely to want to meet and connect with people online, as opposed to a more social, public setting.”

“When people who are emotionally connected to Facebook view pictures and statuses of their Facebook friends using alcohol, they are more motivated to engage in similar online behaviors in order to fit in socially.”

“Because alcohol use is generally viewed as normative, or socially acceptable, among college students, increased alcohol use may cause an increase in emotional connectedness to Facebook.”

Yet in the studio marijuana users were predicted to do the opposite.

“Marijuana use is less normative, meaning few people post on Facebook about using it. In turn, people who engage in marijuana use are less likely to be emotionally attached to Facebook”


(CBS News)




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