There is no doubt Facebook is the king among the social networking websites. A lot of people including teenagers around the world are users of this kind of social networking websites due to its wide popularity. But health experts recently warned that too much time in Facebook could result to psychological disorders among teenagers.
The health experts called on parents and teachers around the world to constantly monitor teenagers using Facebook since over-exposure to the social networking website can lead to the development of such psychological disorders in teenagers. Dr. Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University revealed too much time with Facebook can lead to also lead to antisocial behaviors, mania and aggressive tendencies, in teens. Rosen said the other harmful effects of Facebook addiction are the increased absence from school and likelihood of developing stomach aches, s leeping problems, anxiety and depression, in teens.
The medical expert however said that using Facebook is not all negative since the social networking website also has benefits like the development of “virtual empathy.” He explained that generally, we think of empathy as an in-person activity, where hugs, facial expressions and kind words help improve a loved one’s mood. Rosen said that teens are developing the ability to show virtual empathy for distressed Facebook friends and that the empathy is actually well-received by friends, positively influencing their mood.
Moreover, Rosen said this virtual empathy, he says, can even spill over into the real world, teaching teens how to empathize with others in everyday life. Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004, operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. As of July 2011, Facebook has more than 750 million active users.