Overuse of Social Networking Sites Could Cause Narcissism, Study Says

overuse of social networking sitesOveruse of social networks in teenagers is linked to narcissistic possibilities, according to the research of some scientists.

A new psychological research said teenagers who spend too much time on social networks like Facebook are more probably to show narcissistic tendencies and show indications of other behavioral troubles.

The findings of the study were presented by Larry D. Rosen, professor of psychology at California State University, at the 19th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.  In a talk entitled ‘Poke Me:  How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids’, Rosen illustrated the possible psychological dangers for teenagers who spend too much time on social networking services.

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.”

According to Rosen, the negative effects of teenagers who use too much social media include making them more prone to vain, violent and anti social behavior.

Scientists have discovered pre-teenagers and teenagers who overuse social sites and technology on a daily basis are as well more probably to be prone to bouts of anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders.

Too much use of sites like Facebook could as well lead to poorer academic performance.  Teenagers who checked social networks at least once during a 15-minute study time, got lower grades, scientists discovered.

On the other hand, the research of Rosen as well discovered that social networking has several positive results.  Sites similar to Facebook could assist shy young adults socialize and come out of their shells.  And the services could be used efficiently for interactive learning and helping teenagers empathize with each other.

According to an online science journal, Rosen encouraged parents to evaluate the activities of their children on social networks and discuss with them any decisions to take away unsuitable content – rather than going behind their back.