Impact of Social Media on Teens and Young Adults

Social Media is useful if its used for the right reasons. What we are seeing is that kids are glued to Facebook etc in a way that never happened before. Is that good?

A study has some startling findings. Larry D. Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills recently presented his findings at the American Psychological Association meeting

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Is there anything positive from the Social Media interactions amongst kids? Yes, says the study:

  1. Young adults who spend more time on Facebook are better at showing “virtual empathy” to their online friends.
  2. 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.
  3. Social networking can provide tools for teaching in compelling ways that engage young students.

So, young adults can use these tools but in a way so they don’t hurt their very way of engaging with the world. Its better to restrict their time on the computer.

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  • CARiD

    Well this is really eye-opening. Being a regular user of Facebook, it got me thinking. I will start reducing my facebook time immediately. I do believe the things you state are true or might be for at least some users. You do get less social, why go out if all your friends are inside behind their laptop? I think people should be more aware of these findings since more and more kids grow up using the social media.

    thanks for sharing!


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