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Facebook Harmful for Kids’ Health?

August 8th, 2011 by cdin

Interesting Observations of Both Harmful and Positive Effects of Facebook Usage On Adolescents

Social Networking has become the new online norm, especially for the young. The biggest behemoth in virtual town: Facebook. Now, it is turning out that Facebook may be contributing to psychological disorders in teens.

Research by Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University, reports that kids with a strong Facebook presence are more likely to develop the following social disorders:

* narcissism
* depression
* anxiety
* mania
* aggressive tendencies
* stomach aches
* sleeping problems
* lower grades
* lower reading retention
* other antisocial behaviors
* character deficits

On the more positive side, his study also found that “Facebook kids” were also likely to develop “virtual empathy,” a form of social empathy that is expressed online rather than in person that could help raise the collective mood online, spilling offline as well.

“Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids” A computer generated survey of 1000 urban adolescents along with 300 teens while studying
Presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association