According to an article on Mashable, people who use social network sites, in particular, Facebook, are affected. According to the article, Facebook has the power to make people less lonely, more envious, and can even affect their memory.
A survey conducted by Rebtel, a mobile voice over IP company, linking feelings to heavy and light social media use, says that Facebook causes the most stress, but also elicits the most positive effect on individuals’ moods compared to other social networks. Although most participants said no networks cause them stress or have a negative effect on their mood, Facebook came in as the top site for those whose emotions were affected. Facebook was followed by Twitter (4.7 %).
The study also addresses habits of Android and iPhone users and location-based service use and habits. Iphone owners are much more likely to report using networks like Facebook’s Check-In and Foursquare. Most people update their locations to let friends and family know where they have been.
Andreas Bernstrom, CEO of Rebtel, says in a statement, “Our social media report helps paint an interesting picture of our evolving communications tastes and preferences, and how even routine activities such as checking friends into locations, can have an adverse affect on our relationships.”