Impacts of Social Networks

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Impacts of Social Networking
Social networking has become a huge part of today’s society; people are constantly checking their Facebook, Twitter, and other social websites to find out what their friends, favorite celebrities, and family are up to. Many of us look at social networking websites as a way to stay in contact with friends and family, but we have yet to notice the effects that it is having on today’s generation. Studies have shown that social networking websites can cause narcissism, anxiety and depression, as well as great distractibility. These studies raise a question as to whether these sites are helping us stay connected or if they’re just causing more mental health issues for today’s youth. Social networking not only contributes to helping people stay connected, but also is now contributing to the development of narcissism and other anti-social behavior. Narcissism is the act of excessive or erotic interest in oneself ad physical appearance. According to Vito Pilieci of the National Post, “Teens using Facebook have more narcissistic tendencies while young adults who have a strong Facebook presence show more signs of other psychological disorders including anti-social behaviors.” People create pages to find friends, find love and stay connected, yet they alter, update, and tweak their online selves for the desire of attention that emerges as these sites become popular. Social networking sites increase a person’s need for attention; the more time that is spent on the websites the more that people become obsessed with posting online that will get them more likes, comments, etc. which can also lead to a development of anti-social behavior. Staying connected is the sole purpose of social networking; however, it is becoming a common addiction to teens and young adults. Mental Health Screening defines the following “Facebook addiction disorder: when people are afraid to disconnect from social media websites, because they think they are going to miss...
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