The study by the Pew Research Centre surveyed the stress levels of 1,801 adults with the widely used Perceived Stress Scale, which asks questions designed to measure the degree to which people feel their lives are overloaded, unpredictable and uncontrollable.
Researchers then asked people for details about their social media use, such as which platforms they use, how much time they spend with each one, how many connections they have and how often they comment or share.
The results showed that many females who use Twitter, email and mobile photo sharing actually reported being less stressed than those who did not.
Men reported less overall stress in their lives, seven percent lower than women. But they did not report a similar drop in stress levels tied to their use of social media.
The report also suggests that social media can make users more aware of negative events in the lives of friends and family.
When users learn about these problems, they in turn feel additional stress they might have otherwise avoided.

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