Sunday, August 14, 2011

Facebook Linked To Psychological Disorders In Teens

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The argument has been made but not enough on
the social debilitation that people tend to suffer by
the over usage of social media. We are in a
technologically advanced age, its okay to observe
that; however, what must the cost must be? Anti-social behavior, narcissism and other negative characteristics are the price. Facebook usage above and beyond that of being a
mere frequenter is common amongst most teens.
Unfortunately, it is that same age group that is the
primary social media users that suffer from the
negative characteristics and other psychological
disorders according to a recent study conducted by Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California
State University. Rosen presented the results of his studies in a
presentation titled “Poke Me: How Social Networks
Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids.” The findings are
based on a number of computer surveys that were
distributed to 1,000 urban adolescents and Rosen’s
15 minute observations of 300 teens as they studied. The findings showed that there were clearly
psychological disorders in nearly every case. Social
media has been linked to aggressive tendencies,
mania, stomach aches, sleeping problems, anxiety
and depression. In addition the teen is likely to
suffer a technological “overdose” on a daily basis not limited to Facebook but including video games
as well as other technological devices. Education is the next on the list of things that suffer
in the teens that are habitual Facebook users. These
same teens have a high rate of absenteeism from
school, lower reading rates as well as lower grades. The only standout positive aspect to social media
was Rosen’s findings of the development of “virtual
empathy.” Empathy is commonly associated as an
in-person activity where physical embraces can
take place, facial expressions can be shown and
kind words are exchanged. That empathy is well- received by friends and influences the expression
of these positive behaviors outside of the world of
social media thus carrying over into everyday life.
There was an old myth once that said the average
individual used 10% of their brain at any given
time. Let’s say for an instant that this is true. With social media and the advanced technological
age in which we live, would that still be true? We rely on technology and social media for a great
many of the things that we used to do on our own
before either of these things were prominent.
Technology’s rise of video games for the most part
has substituted a child’s desire to be outside and
the use of their imaginations. Social media has been made the primary mode of communication for lots
of people, particularly teens. We might call our
friend and not get an answer but if we Facebook
them, we’ll more than likely get an answer within
seconds. It would really be nice to get back to using a phone
the old-fashioned way sometimes, where we use
our voices and not our fingertips.


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