I have notice that Facebook catalysis people’s search for attention. The little things like getting a comment or feedback becomes addictive, leading to more Attention Seeking (“OMG can’t believe what just happened!”). Status and what people say they’re up to doesn’t really reflect who they are or what’s really happening in their lives. It’s the most superficial skim of a person’s
Too much of anything is never a good thing. Negative psychological effects are common in individuals who actively participate on social media for hours on a daily basis. In 2008, UCLA conducted a study which revealed web users had literally altered their prefrontal cortexes due to, in part, to the fast pace of social networking sites rewiring the brain with repeated exposure. “In 2012, Medical News Today reported on a study suggesting that Facebook use may feed anxiety and increase a person's feeling of
Many everyday people create social profiles as a way to connect with people in an instant. They create them thinking it’s something innocent and harmful and not fully understanding that it can back around and haunt you. Sometimes we post things “in the moment” and not realizing the consequences it can bring to us in the future. I feel that my Facebook account doesn’t represent me as a professional, but more of a student who posts, likes and shares articles, videos and pictures of my interest. I think that my social media accounts, would hinder my career as a professional because people will judge and have opinions on certain topics that are on the accounts and would not take me serious as a professional.
They are interactive, inviting viewers not merely to look at, but also to respond to, the life portrayed online. This group of people is called narcissism. What is narcissism? According to Wikipedia (2011), narcissism is defined as the excessive love or admiration of oneself especially on their physical appearances. These individual have a type of egotism with the need for admiration and exaggerated sense of self-importance.Students mostly get addicted to Facebook and find it as a necessity.
A few of the negative effects can include several factors. One of those would be the misuse of your personal information. Networks such as Facebook and Myspace ask you for information like your address, birth date, phone number, pictures, and now they are being so bold as to even ask you to check in at selected locations. This would bring me to my next point being stalkers, and the like, predators. With all this information being asked of you, it is allowing those types of people to keep track of your whereabouts and have information they clearly should not be able to obtain.
However it provides an entirely new medium for effective bullying known as cyber-bullying as well as stalking. In addition, the ease of communication provided by social networks is also its potential downfall; people are losing touch with real face-to-face friendships and seeing them more as a series of words and abbreviations through a screen. Further, while most people will appreciate the benefits of social media, there will inevitably be a minority who choose to abuse the privileges that social media offers. Sometimes, people aren't aware that a difference is being made, and in the case of social media, this applies, however, the difference that is being made, is one that we aren't aware of, because we wish not be aware of it. Social media is a new medium for communicating, and while some discredit its communication format for having its users being unable to convey emotion and discouraging proper spelling and grammar, these aren’t the flaws that should be scrutinised.
This article also claims that technology is a huge distraction in our lives in the sense that instead of traditional reading we now tend to skim read and even skip right to another article without ever returning to the original one. Traditional media has to live up to the expectation their audiences have of everything being a "shortcut". We are becoming too use to being able to access information faster and more conveniently. According to this article, technology is becoming more important than the mind of the human being. Google is used as an example of how we have begun a new form or way of reading and thinking as we hyperlink or way through the web instead of going to a library to read periodicals.
Experts have concluded that cyber-bullying can cause damage that is more psychological to people than the ordinary type of bullying, due to the incoming text messages and the feeling of being unable to escape from the online world. Cyber-bullying consists of hate emails, humiliating images threatened to be put up online for the whole world to see and a numerous amount of threatening text messages. Co-ordinator Sue Steel of the Anti-Bullying Alliance said that it infiltrates the home, taking away children’s safe spaces, and by taking away children’s safe spaces, it can have real life consequences for the younger generation. An incident back in 2009 highlighted the consequences of cyber-bullying, when, the 15-year-old girl, Holly Grogan jumped from a road bridge after a torrent of abuse on her Facebook page. According to Dr. Karen Douglas, the online world can be a very powerful tool to get the message out.
She also found that chronic procrastination in other areas of our lives and negative emotions such as feeling guilty or depressed were related to our online procrastination. So, how does this happen? Jennifer explained it this way. One method to delay working toward task completion is to perceive time as segments of short intervals. Procrastination occurs when the individual justifies engaging in a minor amusement instead of committing to the task, even when the decision to work is not withdrawn.
Some of them are encouraged by friends and ridiculously thinking they won’t get caught. Such misunderstandings are acting as a catalyst of cyberbullying and even worsen it. As for criticism, people always criticize others, motivated by self- centering and unpleasantly pressed destructive emotions. People have an overly high sense of self protecting and seek for conformity. Nowadays, people mainly uphold negative thinking and seldom appreciate others.