I can remember years ago when Facebook was just meant for schools and you needed an invite to join. That party is over now as Facebook is open to just about everyone, and just about everyone is on the site. However, having such a large community is not necessarily a good thing as researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found the more friends you have, the higher your stress levels.
For this research, some 300 Facebook users were surveyed, with an average age of 21. From that survey the researchers found what the most common social circles are for friends to be from, which unsurprisingly is led by offline friends and family. Also on the list though are colleagues and extended family, which it appears the higher stress levels are coming from. Due to the large number of older family members and bosses also on the site, Facebook users are getting stressed out when they post something contrary to the image they normally try to present to these people offline. Considering more than half of employers have claimed to not hire people based on their Facebook postings, that stress may be warranted.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the report also discovered that two thirds of the Facebook users they surveyed do not know how to use the listing privacy settings, which will prevent certain friends from viewing your posts.