Journal article

Short abstinence from online social networking sites reduces perceived stress, especially in excessive users

Ofir Turel, Daniel R Cavagnaro, Dar Meshi

PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Online social networking sites (SNSs), such as Facebook, provide frequent and copious social reinforcers (e.g., "likes") delivered at variable time intervals. As a result, some SNS users display excessive, maladaptive behaviors on these platforms. Excessive SNS users, and typical users alike, are often aware of their intense use and psychological dependence on these sites, which may lead to elevated stress. In fact, research has demonstrated that use of SNSs alone induces elevated stress. Other research has begun to investigate the effects of short periods of SNS abstinence, revealing beneficial effects on subjective wellbeing. We aligned these two lines of research and hypothesized that a s..

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