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Facebook Unpopular and Stressful for UK Students

Facebook users with a large number of friends are more likely to suffer stress and neurosis, a new study has found.

Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University questioned 175 students about how they used Facebook and found that 63% avoided new friend requests, and those with larger audiences were often left in a state of ‘neurotic limbo’.

According to study leader Dr Kathy Charles, although most users believe Facebook offers few real benefits, they are afraid to stop engaging with freinds. 

She said: ‘Like gambling, Facebook keeps users in a neurotic limbo, not knowing whether they should hang on in there just in case they miss out on something good.’

In related news, Google, online shopping and broadband all topped a poll of the nation’s favourite innovations of the millennium, while Facebook, Twitter and pop-up advertising were bottom of the list.

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