Social Networks Harm People’s Brains

Have you ever wondered if social networks harm your brains? Or, even worse, your children’s brain?

If not, it’s time to think about that, because these claims come from a well known neuroscientist.

Roman Sahakov came up with this remarkable story and decided to write today’s guest post about the topic.

Here’s Roman.
Enjoy!

 

A very remarkable scientist has confirmed that Social Networking sites can result in some changes in young users’ brains (and not only young ones).

Each day millions of Social activists log into their favorite Social Network and begin to get busy with chatting with people whom they even haven’t ever met.

Internet in general provides people with new and fresh information, enables them to communicate without having to go fare distances. These are indeed positive features of Social Networks.

But there exist a negative side as well.

It is an undeniable truth that a great deal of young people has lost the ability of communication if they do not see screens in front of their eyes. They have unlearned how to speak to a person face to face without typing anything.

I won’t discover a new America by saying that every single person realizes that danger however no one is moving a finger to change something for the better. They believe that it is not a problem but a result of technological development (they do not have the slightest notion about where this development will bring them).
Such changes are the best prerequisites for selfish and upset – minded generation.

When I talk of Social Networks I first and foremost speak about Facebook and Twitter since at present these are the most popular Social Networking sites with the most number of users worldwide.

Facebook has the power of affecting people’s morality especially those who spend most of their time in front of the computer (these are people from 15 – 30 year old).

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Photo Credit: Pierre-Olivier

It is a proven fact that websites as Facebook and Twitter have destructive impact on the emotional evolvement of young people’s brains.
Don’t forget that over 200 million users have accounts on these sites. They use them in order to keep in touch with their friends, share information together with some photos and videos and post instant messages about their ideas and thoughts.

I can remember myself registering on Facebook about two years ago. I signed up there as I had a relative living abroad so I wanted to make my communication with her easier.
But approximately 2 weeks later I realized that I was using Facebook not for its direct destination. I used to do everything but communicating with my relative. I remember the immense number of friend requests I was receiving per day and confirming them without exception. Some of Facebook’s users spend money on buying postcards for their friends.

Then I registered on Twitter.
Here was the same story with a few differences. Here I strived for (and still I am striving for) having huge quantity of Twitter followers. Some of my friends go even far. They buy Twitter followers in order to gain them much easier and faster.

You see how these “harmless” websites can become a real danger for your pockets.
So what I advise you is not to become Social Networks addict. Always keep in mind that their magnetism is so strong that drug addiction will simply seem a bad habit as compared to it.

Roman Sahakov runs Social Media Marketing Company Followershop to help businesses to create marketing that people choose to engage with, and advertising that itself improves people’s lives.

How about you?
Do social networks harm your brains?
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6 thoughts on “Social Networks Harm People’s Brains

  1. Gloria says:

    I think one of the bigger problems sites like Facebook present is a false sense of security to users who think that they have more genuine friends than they actually have. I understand, the Facebook experience can be like a popularity contest to see who can rack up the most “friends.” But, how many of these “friends,” indeed, are going to lend you their shoulders to cry on, or help you move, or drive you to the airport in your hour of need?

    • Noel Addison says:

      I totally agree Ms. Gloria! Many users confirms request that they do not know personally only to get more friends on facebook or twitter without considering their privacy. Today, there are many social-networking-related-crimes that are being reported because of negligence of many users.

  2. Broc says:

    Social network sites today really can cause harm to any individual using it without caution. We can’t be secured from social media sites if we abuse using it and we don’t understand how it works. It might be very helpful for instant and easy communication, but it can’t be like that forever.

    Based on my personal experience, twitter and facebook also distracts me from focusing on work. Really bad. Thanks for the post! 🙂

  3. Dan says:

    Social networks are good to a point. I rarely ever use them, and the only one I really use is Twitter. I only use Twitter to post updates to my recent blog posts, and occasionally chat with people I know, and to check up on latest news from various companies like AMD, Microsoft, etc..

    Some people take social networking way beyond what an average person would, and that there lies the problem. It an become rather stressful, which can degrade a persons health quite rapidly both physically and mentally (thus coming to the point where it can start causing harm to your brain as you pointed out).

    I’ve often become stressed out, and frustrated too, by the amount of spam on social networks. Try to find something useful to read about one topic, and have to wade through a giant wall of spam to get to it.

  4. Milton says:

    I know too many people who consume hours during the day looking at Facebook. Heck, I have two friends who lost there job. At some point you have to think “how can I make this time productive?”
    I use web 2.0 properties strictly for drawing traffic. My business which is a local brick and mortar, can benefit greatly if I friend and follow the right people.

  5. Patricia says:

    I can remember myself registering on Facebook about two years ago. I signed up there as I had a relative living abroad so I wanted to make my communication with her easier. But approximately 2 weeks later I realized that I was using Facebook not for its direct destination. I used to do everything but communicating with my relative. I remember the immense number of friend requests I was receiving per day and confirming them without exception. Some of Facebook users spend money on buying postcards for their friends.

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