Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook make users feel anxious and inadequate, a new study has found.
The research, conducted by The Salford Business School at the University of Salford, Manchester, found that over half of the 298 people questioned felt that social networking sites have had a negative impact on their behaviour patterns.
Participants claimed their confidence dived after comparing their accomplishments with mates online, while 60 per cent admitted that social networks had disturbed their sleep patterns.
In addition, over 50 per cent admitted to feeling 'worried or uncomfortable' if they couldn't access their social network or email accounts.
Nicky Lidbetter, chief executive of charity Anxiety UK, which commissioned the study, said: 'If you are predisposed to anxiety it seems that the pressures from technology act as a tipping point, making people feel more insecure and more overwhelmed.'
The investigation also found that 25 per cent of participants believe social networks have had a negative impact on their work and relationships.