Once introduced to the public, the social networking site Facebook instantly entrap the hearts of millions of fans. Social media is loved because it allows a person to reconnect with old friends from high school or college without having to meet face to face.
But the intensive use of Facebook has consequences, especially for adolescents. Larry Rosen, a psychologist at Cal State Dominguez Hills, who has studied the impact of technology on humans for over 25 years reveals the social networking site like this is bad for children and adolescents.
He expressed his findings at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. He said teenagers often use technology such as video games or the Internet, tend to complain of abdominal pain, sleep disorders, anxiety and depression.They also reported frequent truancy.
In addition adolescents and young adults who often connect to more narcissistic Facebook. ”The social networking sites make someone more narcissistic, because it can announce itself 24 hours 7 days a week according to personal wishes,” said Rosen.
Among users of all ages, Rosen evaluate more people are using Facebook, the more they are likely to have antisocial personality disorder, paranoia, anxiety and alcohol consumption.
When Rosen and crutches on the observation of high school and college students studying for exams for 15 minutes, they found that most students can not concentrate for two to three minutes before turning their attention to the things that are less scientific, such as text messaging or elements of social media on mobile phones. Not surprisingly, students who intermittently until the current account while learning how to get bad results in the review.
Parents must also deal with other forms of social networks, such as send and receive text messages (SMS). Adolescents, on average sends over 2,000 texts per month. This is a huge amount not only triggers the problem of sleep and concentration, but also physical stress.
Rosen shows an example of a teenager from Chicago, who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and require pain medication and bandages on his wrists after sending more than 100 texts a day.
“Children raised on the concept of connection. For those who do the quality that matters, but the relationship itself. Phone or meet face to face only allow the minimum number of connections, while other tools to be connect to the world, “said Rosen.
Although Facebook has also many positive sides, but Rosen suggested that parents should give their children an understanding of how to behave online. This could encourage children to be aware of what is permitted and prohibited use of the Internet.
He added, social media, if used properly can help children behave empathy and interact with friends without having to worry about the reaction of people directly. ”For shy children will value and help them out of his shell,” he said.
But there is one important thing that parents are often forgotten, that Facebook is actually for adults, not children. ”Contrary to bullying at school, bullying is happening on the Internet can occur at any time,” he said.