Blog ::: Stress Levels in Teens Effected By Use of Facebook

Facebook is the most popular social media website used worldwide. Among the most regular users of Facebook the count of teenagers is rapidly increasing. But most users do not realize that Facebook can have an impact on their psychological state.


Facebook can have positive and negative effects on teens levels of a stress hormone, researchers at the University of Montreal and the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal found. They conducted research on teenagers from ages 12 to 17 and discovered that users who had more than 300 friends on Facebook had higher level of cortisol, the enzyme which causes stress. While the users who tended to help or encourage their friends by posting comments or liking their published content were actually lowering their cortisol level.

There obviously are other contributors for the change in levels but the social media website has added itself to the list.

Author: Bentham Science Publishers

A major STM journal publisher of more than 100 online and print journals and related print/online book series, Bentham Science answers the information needs of scientists in the fields of pharmaceutical, biomedical, medical, engineering, technology, computer and social sciences.

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