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    Social media and Internet use on a mobile phone seems to be calming for women, a new study finds.

    The Pew Research Center shows that in a study of 1,801 adults that women who post photos, tweet or email feel 21 percent less stressed than those who do not, according to the Wall Street Journal. The study was supposed to show how using the Internet and social media added stress, but instead women who use Twitter, send or read several emails a day and post photos are more relaxed.

    The study actually counted using Twitter several times a day, sending or receiving 25 emails a day, and sharing two or more photos via social media was the threshold for stress relief. Men's stress levels apparently stayed the same. 

    The study measured stress by responses to 10 questions on the "perceived stress scale," and "factored against their technology use" and knowledge of friends' lives on social media. Women also had a "cost of caring" when women learned through social media about the death of a friend's child or partner, or when a friend had been hurt. Men were only stressed if friends were demoted at work or arrested.

    “We found that women really do kind of carry the weight of the world on their shoulders,” said Keith Hampton, a Rutgers University communication professor who ran the study. “And men are a little less sensitive.”
    While the "cost of caring" sounds scientific, the reality is that most friends would be stressed to learn about another friend being hurt or hospitalized either through social media or in person. The survey paints men as unfeeling, but some of the male respondents could still believe being unemotional is part of being tough and masculine. If anyone isn't upset their friend has been hurt, then that person probably isn't a good friend.