Feeling stressed out, ladies? Maybe you should tweet more.
According to a new study from the Pew Research Center, women who regularly tweet, post images and email on their mobile devices were 21 percent less stressed. Overall, the study, which surveyed 1,801 people, found that social media does not stress people out, in general.
So all the social media naysayers who have blamed Facebook, Twitter and other social sites for spurring peer pressure or fear of missing out have been in the wrong. According to the study, if those pressures existed a typical user did not feel more stressed than he or she would have otherwise experienced.
While the study concluded that the relationship between social media and stress was indirect, there is a bit of a caveat.
"In sum, social media users are not any more likely to feel stress than others, but there is a subgroup of social media users who are more aware of stressful events in their friends' lives and this subgroup of social media users does feel more stress," the report states.
Read the full report on the Pew Research website.