While there are always a series of media-manufactured concern articles about social media appearing online and in newspapers across the world, few actual medical studies have been conducted that correlate excessive social media use and an increased likelihood of mental illness of other conditions. A new study which is soon to be published in the respected journal Psychological Science has shed some serious light on what many psychology experts have dubbed “Facebook Addiction Disorder”.

 

Social media has become a ubiquitous part of the modern experience with the vast majority of people having at least one social networking profile. A team of researchers from the Booth Business School in Chicago has put together a fascinating set of data that may raise alarm bells among individuals who spend a significant amount of time on social networking websites.

 

Their study involved 205 people who were each issued a Blackberry in Wurzburg, Germany. The researchers used an especially broad age range from 18 to 85 and tracked how much the participants wanted to use social media.

 

The conclusions from the study showed that the desire to participate in social media websites was only outweighed by the desire for sleep and sexual intercourse. While the researchers involved with the study declared that social media websites, in and of themselves, are not dangerous on their own – many people have a problem staying away from them out of a fear of losing out or missing out on important social interaction.

 

This comes on the back of another study which was conducted by a pediatrician in Boston who coined the term “Facebook depression”. Gwenn O’Keeffe, who led the study, declared that individuals who are already suffering from depression will find their behaviors amplified by the use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Seeking approval and avoiding face-to-face interaction were listed as the key reasons why depressed people would turn towards social networking sites.

 

Larry Rosen, a psychology professor at California State University recently delivered a speech to the American Psychological Association where he highlighted some of his recent research that backed up many of the claims made in recent studies. His research showed that individuals who overuse social networking sites are more likely to be probe to anxiety, depression and an assortment of psychological disorders.

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While there are always a series of media-manufactured concern articles about social media appearing online and in newspapers across the world, few actual medical studies have been conducted that correlate excessive social media use and an increased likelihood of mental illness of other conditions. A new study which is soon to be published in the respected journal Psychological Science has shed some serious light on what many psychology experts have dubbed “Facebook Addiction Disorder”.

 

Social media has become a ubiquitous part of the modern experience with the vast majority of people having at least one social networking profile. A team of researchers from the Booth Business School in Chicago has put together a fascinating set of data that may raise alarm bells among individuals who spend a significant amount of time on social networking websites.

 

Their study involved 205 people who were each issued a Blackberry in Wurzburg, Germany. The researchers used an especially broad age range from 18 to 85 and tracked how much the participants wanted to use social media.

 

The conclusions from the study showed that the desire to participate in social media websites was only outweighed by the desire for sleep and sexual intercourse. While the researchers involved with the study declared that social media websites, in and of themselves, are not dangerous on their own – many people have a problem staying away from them out of a fear of losing out or missing out on important social interaction.

 

This comes on the back of another study which was conducted by a pediatrician in Boston who coined the term “Facebook depression”. Gwenn O’Keeffe, who led the study, declared that individuals who are already suffering from depression will find their behaviors amplified by the use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Seeking approval and avoiding face-to-face interaction were listed as the key reasons why depressed people would turn towards social networking sites.

 

Larry Rosen, a psychology professor at California State University recently delivered a speech to the American Psychological Association where he highlighted some of his recent research that backed up many of the claims made in recent studies. His research showed that individuals who overuse social networking sites are more likely to be probe to anxiety, depression and an assortment of psychological disorders.

 

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These studies present interesting perspectives, and I am eager to learn what others find. I agree that a depressed person can become even more depressed with all the negative news. 

I perceive two major benefits of social media:

1. People tell their life stories in what seems to be an undefended way, revealing feelings and desires. Being so open has its risks and there are always those who exploit others' vulnerabilities. 

2. New ideas come through the computer screen in ways that family, friends, and group memberships do not. Having access to ideas from around the Earth, learning how other people live and manage their lives, being able to compare and contrast lifestyles, broadens one's perspective. 

It is very difficult for me to visit with family and friends who have never been out of this county or this state or who have shunned formal education. Life's events provide powerful education even as it has limits on their ability to see a broader picture. Some people with curiosity learn more than some well educated people. Some tend to have a very limited view of the possibilities for flourishing. Some tend to rely on ancestral beliefs and actions that may or may not be good for them or the Earth.  "If the King James Bible was good enough for Jesus, it is good enough for kids today!" 

"individuals who are already suffering from depression will find their behaviors amplified by the use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Seeking approval and avoiding face-to-face interaction were listed as the key reasons why depressed people would turn towards social networking sites."

~ Gwenn O’Keeffe

" individuals who overuse social networking sites are more likely to be probe to anxiety, depression and an assortment of psychological disorders.

~ Larry Rosen 

I don't know what "probe" means in this context. 

 

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