Facebook crossed the remarkable one billion user threshold in 2012. Twitter has been the source of numerous news stories and allows people to engage in real-time conversations even from a distance. LinkedIn provides a venue for professional networking. Despite their advantages, social networks such as these can directly and indirectly contribute to increased personal and work stress for people.
5 Privacy Breaches
Social networking sites often allow users to set their profiles to “private” to protect against outsiders gaining access to information. Unfortunately, unwitting users sometimes don’t do this and wind up sharing information and activities with anyone and everyone. Some people routinely accept all friendship requests as well, which has led to unwanted advances and even criminal activities perpetrated on people by unscrupulous social networking contacts.
Young people are so accustomed to sharing their lives online that they occasionally forget that other people may see their social media messages. Parents often monitor kids’ online activities, which can cause stress for both parent and child. Employers also informally check out social network profiles and activities of prospects to see what kind of behaviors they engage in while off-the-clock.
3 Controversy Over Posts
Social network users have intentionally or innocently made statements that have gotten them into trouble. Personal opinions on political or controversial subjects is one way to quickly attract stress. Celebrities have often been caught in the crosshairs of social network scandals by posting offensive or controversial statements. Some regular folks have even lost their jobs by making negative statements about their employers on social media accounts.
2 Being Unfriended
It’s much easier to misinterpret the meaning behind the loss of a social network friend than it is in an in-person debacle. Losing a Facebook “friend” can be a traumatic experience for someone who prides herself on her massive social following. While this may result from personal conflicts or something you said, people may inadvertently cancel contacts or friends or remove people because they simply don’t want you to have access to everything they post.
1 Poor Time-Management
One of the main reasons social networks cause stress is they distract people from more pressing or important personal and professional activities. Checking your Facebook timeline for new developments just before leaving work can easily cause you to lose track of time and run late. Some people sit down to watch a YouTube video and get caught up watching other videos for an extended period of time. In essence, addictive or undisciplined use of social networking sites and tools can lead to mismanagement of other priorities.