New study outlines the pros and cons of social media
Is your child having trouble with their school work? Facebook may be to blame.
A new study looking at the impact of social networking on teenagers found that Facebook can be a decidedly distracting force when it comes to school, and can have an effect on how kids learn, according to a report published by the American Psychological Association.
The study looked at students ranging in age from middle school through college, and those kids that took a peek at Facebook during a 15 minute study time consistently achieved lower grades than their non-Facebooking peers.
Besides impacting grades, teens on Facebook have a tendency to be more narcissistic, and young adults who spend a lot of time on Facebook trend towards having psychological disorders including aggression, mania, and antisocial behaviors.
Too much time on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as other overuse of technology such as texting, can also lead to health problems as well as anxiety and depression.
All is not negative regarding teen social networking use, however. The report also showed that young adults on Facebook are good at “virtual empathy” to the plights of their online friends. It also states that social networking can be therapeutic for “introverted adolescents,” helping them to “socialize behind the safety of various screens.”
Dr. Larry D. Rosen, PhD, gave some advice to parents, number one being that any sort of software monitoring of child’s computer use is a “waste of time” and that they “will find a workaround in a matter of minutes.”
Instead, Rosen suggests complete openness between parent and child about what is “appropriate technology use” and to gain the child’s trust. This, Rosen says, will help “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.”