Analysis Of Online Social Networking Addiction

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Abstract This report focuses on the age group being affected by online social networking addiction and the negative physical and social effects on a person’s body. Throughout the report the reader will discover teenagers and young adults are being affected by the addiction more so than any other age group, but it is possible for them to carry the addiction into adulthood. Physical damage can be caused by the addiction, such as eyestrain, headaches, back pain and large changes in the addict’s weight. An online social networking addict begins to use networks as a main source of communication with others and can lower one’s self esteem and cause other social and psychological changes. While researching there were no positive effects found. Introduction “Facebook me” is becoming a common term used in today’s society, the ever growing popularity of social networking sites has since replaced face to face interactions as the most common form of communication. The ease of communicating online is causing more and more people to prefer signing into Facebook or Twitter rather than dialing a phone. Since one can communicate with multiple friends at once and have an endless amount of profiles to read through, people are slowly becoming addicted to these sites. As is the same with drug and gambling addictions, an addiction to online social networking sites has many deleterious effects. By examining the ages in effect and determining physical and social symptoms of an online social networking addiction, one may realize that there are no positive outcomes of the addiction. Age in Effect In order to better understand this topic of online social networking addiction the age in effect needs to be determined. As stated by the SafetyWeb (2010), “teenagers and young adults are more likely to be addicted to the Internet than any other age group, and among all people

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