Facebook Influences Your Mood More Than Any Social Network

A new study shows you’re not the only one Facebook’s taking on an emotional roller coaster. The survey says the site causes the most stress but also elicits the most positive effect on mood compared to other social networks.

Rebtel, a mobile voice over IP company similar to Skype, conducted the survey linking feelings to heavy and light social media use. Though 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%) in bringing bad vibes.

Respondents were more likely to be positively influenced by social media, with 45.9% of people listing Facebook as the site with favorable effects on their mood. YouTube ranked at 17.5%, followed by LinkedIn. Check out the video, above, for more.

The study also looked into location-based service use and habits of Android and iPhone users. Most people update their locations to let friends and family to know where they’ve been, and iPhone owners are much more likely to report using networks like Facebook’s Check-In and Foursquare.

“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,” Rebtel CEO Andreas Bernstrom says in a statement.

What kind of impact do social networks have on you? Which have the most influence? Let us know what you think in the comments.


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