Facebook May Lead to Psychological Disorders in Teens

In a presentation entitled "Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids," Larry D. Rosen, PhD, a professor of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, reported that teens who frequently use Facebook show narcissistic (self-love) tendencies. Even more, young adults who have a "strong Facebook presence" show signs of additional psychological disorders including antisocial behaviors, mania and aggressive tendencies.

"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," he said.

Rosen's findings were presented during the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. In addition to the psychological disorders, his presentation revealed that Facebook can be distracting and can negatively impact learning. Studies have even shown that middle school, high school and college students achieved lower grades if they accessed Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study period.

"Daily overuse of media and technology has a negative effect on the health of all children, preteens and teenagers by making them more prone to anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders, as well as by making them more susceptible to future health problems," reads a press release from the American Psychological Association.

But as the saying goes, there are two sides to every coin: Facebook use may have its negative side effects, but there are also positive aspects in using the popular social website. According to Rosen, young adults who spend more time on Facebook are better at showing "virtual empathy" to their online friends. Social networking can even help introverted adolescents learn how to socialize without having to leave the screen.

For parents, he added that it's a waste of time trying to monitor their kids' social networking activities. In fact, communication is the "crux" of parenting: talk for one minute and listen for five.

"If you feel that you have to use some sort of computer program to surreptitiously monitor your child's social networking, you are wasting your time. Your child will find a workaround in a matter of minutes," he said. "You have to start talking about appropriate technology use early and often and build trust, so that when there is a problem, whether it is being bullied or seeing a disturbing image, your child will talk to you about it."

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  • xerroz
    The negatives outweight the positives. There's teens who don't even wanna get off the damn facebook anymore to socialize in person. If it wasn't for school most teens in this era wouldn't be getting out of their house at all
  • Gamer-girl
    To sum it up: Addiction is bad.
  • jhansonxi
    I think the problem for kids and technology is that they are never forced to unplug from it. In the old days, kids would go home and not have to deal with constant teen drama until the next school day. Now they have cell phones, Internet, SMS, and IM, even on vacation.
  • mlopinto2k1
    Trust me, they'll get over it. In due time. When they grow up and it allll starts to make sense, they'll be the ones enforcing rules on their children. Trust me.
  • legacy7955
    fb is a blight on humanity!

    Not to mention that it is a moden version of Big Brother!

    Boycott fb NOW!
  • mlopinto2k1
    Elvis Presley is the DEVIL!!!!! SATAN'S MUSIC!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!
  • beenthere
    Don't almost all teens already have psychological disorders and that's why they are on FB to begin with? FB, Tweeting and cellphone addictions require electrical shock therapy to cure. The current therapy starts with 250,000 volts @ 200 amps. It seems to be pretty effective.
  • mlopinto2k1
    When a man fails, he must learn what he has failed at, or he will surely fail again.
  • K-zon
    To say at anytime that this is a probelm no more then probably any for any other social site, may ask a question of something wrong, other then that to say rather of any ideas of that for anything else that might find its place within interest to be within questionable interest is probably a subjective and perspective interest if not.

    Of though would be anything of just that of rather or not that of use of anything find a better interest for what that would be and to say what is isn't of good interest is anyones guess to say, since alot is at times but of times is not, yes?

    Otherwise what would there be to listen to the most for what anything would be of interest rather of any interest at all, but to have something to say or even do as well too?

    But to make most of interest for one, almost takes away any interest for it at times, but where the most of it made at then, for any interest if any at all?

    Worry otherwise seems the issue, and what interest is that really for an idea of interest? Hard saying or telling really that is for sure probably more then not. But if not then of something hard saying or telling probably is. Something just have more an interest then others at times, rather even someone or not as well. I don't know really though, but for sack of comment, I don't really have one sometimes.

    Fans of social sites are that of millions, millions, millions. Of it though, I don't get, cause with whats said already for the fact of them, probably has something to say even on my part without use of it or them, whichever.

    But again, anything to say of interest on interest for interest is hard saying or telling alot times of not just sometimes, and maybe not at all, but probably is subjective and perspective more then not. Till then I don't know, of whats news and nice to use is something to work with, for probably carries many unknowns for many knowns. Or none. I don't know, probably shouldnt, or should.

    And in terms of unplugging, what would you say to do then of not "plugging" in. I wouldnt know sometimes either, probably could "chat" all day sometimes, but what would there be to chat about?? Might as well use the mail anymore.
  • bak0n
    Not possible. There has to be an innate state for someone to have a psychological disorder. All environmental factors can do is push what is already there over the stressor limit.

    And yes, I have a degree in social psychology.