Facebook Curse or Not
By Paul Thompson
UPDATED: 07:25 GMT, 10 August 2011 * * * *
Teenagers who regularly log in to their Facebook page and other social media will get lower grades at school, according to a US study.
They are also likely to have behavioural problems and narcissistic tendencies from spending too much time logged on to the site.
According to the research popular social network sites, like Facebook, are having a negative effect on teenagers as they grow up.
Addicted to FB: New research shows young over-users of social networking sites suffer from poor concentration
Psychology professor Larry Rosen said researchers watched as students spent 15 minutes studying something that was important to them.
He said the research team at California State University were 'staggered' as the students concentration lapsed because of the need to check their Facebook page.
'What we found was mind-boggling,' said Rosen.
'About every three minutes they are off-task. You'd think under these constraints, knowing that someone is observing you, that someone would be more on task.
'The more media they consumed per day, the worse students they were.
'If they checked Facebook just once during 15 minutes, they were worse students.'
Psychological disorders: Children who overuse social sites and technology on a daily basis are also more likely to be prone to bouts of anxiety
Rosen delivered his findings in a speech at the 19th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association entitled ‘Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids’.
He said: 'While nobody can deny that Facebook has altered the landscape of social interaction, particularly among young people, we are just now starting to see solid psychological research demonstrating both the positives and the negatives.
Rosen said the negative effects of teenagers overusing social media include