Does Social Media Cause Psychological Problems ?

1487 Words May 18th, 2013 6 Pages
Jay Santos
CSI-194-500
Ethic and the Information Age

Does Social Media Cause Psychological Problems ?

In the information world where social media Web sites had become part of almost everybody’s lives, disseminating personal information had become easy and larger in terms of scope and scale and anybody who has access to the internet can easily do so. Anybody who has access to this social media website can reveal news of engagements and breakups, job gains and losses, or even news of life and death; it's easy to become overwhelmed especially when you need to keep up with friends and families from a distance or in a different geographical location.
Social media comes in many forms including blogs and micro-blogs, forums and message boards,
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Comparing with other people is a natural tendency that we all do to some extent. It can be normal as long as you only evaluate similarities and differences. It’s also productive if you’re inspired to emulate another’s impressive traits but there are instances that this becomes dysfunctional when it develops envy and jealousy, if a person judges themselves as less fortunate than others, and then there is a greater chance that low self esteem will develop.
Another study about social media website and other technology that can have negative effects on the mental health of children and teenagers was conducted by Dr. Larry D. Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University. In the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychology Association in Washington D.C. on August 4-7, 2012, he revealed that in his study entitled “Poke Me: How Social Networks Can both Help and Harm Our Kids”, teenagers and young adults who are continuously logged on to Facebook are more often to show psychological disorders, like mania, paranoia, aggressive tendencies, antisocial behavior and increased alcohol use. These teens also more often displayed narcissistic tendencies, which are fed