Is Twitter Making You More Anxious?

Is Twitter Anxiety Becoming a Real Problem?

From fretting over the number of likes our posts get to suffering from the fear of missing out (FOMO) – it’s probably not shocking that social media brings a host of stressful emotions to many people. Enter Twitter anxiety.

According to some experts, social media sites like Twitter can potentially cause an increase of anxiety in some users. “If you are predisposed to anxiety it seems that the pressures from technology act as a tipping point, making people feel more insecure and more overwhelmed,” Anxiety UK CEO, Nicky Lidbetter tells the Huffington Post.

What is Twitter Anxiety?

The two main types of anxiety are state anxiety, which is a temporary fearful reaction to some threat, and trait anxiety, which is a prolonged and chronic tendency to worry and fear. According to research, social media can trigger both types of anxiety, with Twitter being at the top of the list.

With over 550 million users with 58 million tweets per day, Twitter works by continuously drawing attention towards itself. From retweets and likes to a copious amount of notifications directing us to the user-friendly feed, Twitter is designed to ensure that users keep coming back for more — which can lead to ‘an anxiety-provoking factor’ including FOMO and an unrealistic comparison to others.

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