Facebook Linked To Narcissistic Tendencies In Kids

Curious how Facebook and other online social media sites effect your kids’ psychologically? Yes, it’s fun keeping them busy for hours. Yet, there is a dark side for kids overdosing on online social media platforms.

"While nobody can deny that Facebook has altered the landscape of social interaction, particularly among young people, we are just now starting to see solid psychological research demonstrating both the positives and the negatives," said Larry D. Rosen, PhD., who presented the findings at the American Psychological Association's annual convention.

In a study, teens that used Facebook more often show narcissistic tendencies and signs of antisocial behaviors, mania and aggressiveness.

Rosen found that preteens and teenagers are more prone to anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders by overusing media and technology daily.

Facebook, by creating a distraction, impacts learning and grades. Students who check Facebook during study period achieve lower grades due to interruption in concentration.

Rosen offered some advice for parents of this new social media generation, "If you feel that you have to use some sort of computer program to surreptitiously monitor your child's social networking, you are wasting your time.”

He also offers a little advice for concerned parents who might want to keep track of their kids' online interactions is communication.

"You have to start talking about appropriate technology use early and often and build trust, 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." said Rosen. "You need to talk to your kids, or rather, listen to them."

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