How much time do you spend on social networking sites? Are you a Facebook addict? Here is a shocking news for all social networking addicts – soon, you may face psychological disorders!
According to a paper presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, pre-teens and teenagers who use technology, like the Internet and video games, on a regular basis will have more stomach aches, sleeping problems, anxiety and depression.
How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids, found positive and negative effects of social networking sites on children and teenagers.
Teens who use Facebook continuously may show narcissistic tendencies and young adults show more signs of other psychological disorders. Spending more time on Facebook may also bring health related problems.
Negative Effects of Facebook:
Teens who use Facebook more often show more narcissistic tendencies while young adults who have a strong Facebook presence show more signs of other psychological disorders, including antisocial behaviors, mania and aggressive tendencies.
Daily overuse of media and technology has a negative effect on the health of all children, preteens and teenagers by making them more prone to anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders, as well as by making them more susceptible to future health problems.
Facebook can be distracting and can negatively impact learning. Studies found that middle school, high school and college students who checked Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study period achieved lower grades.
The Positive effects of using Facebook or similar social networking sites. According to study, teenagers who spent more time online will show better “virtual empathy” to their online friends.
Also, these social sites will help the introverted adolescents to socialize with their friends and help them to overcome their shyness. Importantly, these sites also provide tools for teaching in compelling ways that engage young students.
Interestingly, Parents not to waste their time in spying children on Facebook or other Social Networking sites.
“If you feel that you have to use some sort of computer program to surreptitiously monitor your child’s social networking, you are wasting your time. Your child will find a workaround in a matter of minutes,”
“You have to start talking about appropriate technology use early and often and build trust, so that when there is a problem, whether it is being bullied or seeing a disturbing image, your child will talk to you about it.”
Positive Effects of Social Networking Websites:
- Young adults who spend more time on Facebook are better at showing “virtual empathy” to their online friends.
- Online social networking can help introverted adolescents learn how to socialize behind the safety of various screens, ranging from a two-inch smartphone to a 17-inch laptop.
- Social networking can provide tools for teaching in compelling ways that engage young students.