The Burden of Online Friends: The Effects of Giving Up Facebook on Stress and Well-Being

Eric Vanman, Rosemary Baker & Stephanie Tobin
People occasionally choose to cut themselves off from their online social network by taking extended breaks from Facebook. This study investigated whether abstaining from Facebook reduces stress but also reduces subjective well-being because of the resulting social disconnection. Participants (138 active Facebook users) were assigned to either a condition in which they were instructed to give up Facebook for five days or continue to use Facebook as normal. Perceived stress and well-being, as well as...
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