Mums get hooked on Facebook

Motherhood turns women into Facebook fanatics according to a new study

Women become compulsive Facebook followers after giving birth according to new research from Ohio State University.

The survey found 44 per cent of new mothers say they use Facebook more after having a baby than they did before the birth.

‘Given all the stress that new parents are under and everything they have to manage, it wouldn’t have been surprising if we had found a decrease in Facebook usage,’ says Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan associate professor of human development at the University.

The study found women who are more stressed use Facebook more, perhaps using their online network of friends for support.

‘These mothers may be taking time off work, and may be far from family, so this network they created for themselves on Facebook can be very valuable in helping them cope,’ says lead author Mitchell Bartholomew.

The findings published in the journal Family Relations suggests the impact is not so significant in men with 48 per cent of mothers visiting the site on a daily basis compared to just 44 per cent of fathers.

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