Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Over-tweeting Breeds Narcissism

Social networking has an upside. It can help shy young adults socialize. It can be used for interactive learning. And so on...

That being said, consider its down-and-dark side.

  • "Teens who spend too much time on social networks like Facebook, are more likely to show narcissistic tendencies and display signs of other behavioural problems." (acc. to Larry Rosen of California State University, in a study presented to the American Psychological Association's 19th Annual Convention - see "Social Network Overuse 'Breeds Narcissism," in The London Telegraph, 8/9/2011)
  • "The negative effects of teenagers overusing social media include making them more prone to vain, aggressive and anti social behaviour."
  • "Scientists have found pre-teens and teens who overuse social sites and technology on a daily basis are also more likely to be prone to bouts of anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders."
  • "Excessive use of sites like Facebook can also lead to poorer academic performance. Teenagers who checked social networks at least once during a 15 minute study period, achieved lower grades, scientists found."

    No one who lives with a hyper-tweeter is shocked by this, right?