Social Networking : A Catalyst For Emotional Dysfunction

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Social Networking: A Catalyst for Emotional Dysfunction Ask yourself how much time you spend online daily. Now ask yourself what percentage of that time is spent on social networking. For most, I 'd wager at least 75 percent, if not more. According to google, social networking is defined as "the use of dedicated websites and applications to interact with other users, or to find people with similar interests to oneself." While there are hundreds of these sites, the most frequently used and therefore most often thought of when we hear the phrase "social networking" are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. On the surface, these applications appear innocent; they are merely a means to pass time and chat with friends. But maybe we 've been looking at them through misguided eyes. When you dig beneath the trunk of a tree, you find the roots. When researchers dig beneath social networking, the roots they find all point to one rational deduction: social networking is a threat to our emotional well-being. I tend to agree. Of course those who profit from social networking (those who own the sites, run the sites, and host their ads on the sites) will contend that it is wonderful and we are privileged to use it because they want to continue to profit from it. Unfortunately, they are not as wonderful as claimed. Take, for example, Facebook. Facebook is the #1 social networking site in terms of activity, with Twitter right behind it. It is characterized by making statuses

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