10 Oct Facebook and happiness…are they linked?
by Ron Doyle for Psychology Today
Hey there! You know all that news you’ve been hearing about that MTV/Associated Press study that says college students are stressed and obsessed about social media and technology?
Guess what? It also says they’re happier today than they were two years ago_ã”which may suggest that social media is making us all happier.
A September 2010 survey by mtvU and the Associated Press interviewed over 2,200 undergraduate college students ages 18 to 24, asking them a variety of questions regarding their everyday lives. For 2010, the three-year-old study asked college students new questions about technology use.
Here are a few of survey’s basic findings related to technology. In the seven days prior to the survey:
- 52% of students reported using the internet 2-6 hours per day
- 90% reported using a social networking site like Facebook, MySpace or MyYearbook
- 93% sent or received an email
- Only 3% percent of students reported that they do not send text messages
- 23% said they send over 100 text messages per day
It also revealed these stats, the “stressful” ones:
- 32% said they would be a little more stressed without technology
- 25% said they would be a lot more stressed without technology
- 17% said they would be a little less stressed without technology
- 8% said they would be a lot less stressed without technology
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