Veronica Rainone 06/11/2012 Facebook: A Detrimental Facet of Young People’s Lives There are seven billion people residing

in the world, each with their own individual thoughts and lives cohabitating together on this great expanse of Earth. Of these seven billion humans, approximately one billion of them are sharing their lives on a social network known as Facebook. Facebook is an online website where people create a profile, post photos, socialize with friends, and play games in an interactive blogosphere. With nearly a billion people as active users of Facebook, over one hundred fifty million are young people. One would believe that it is a site filled with positives, and grants a young user benefits that they otherwise would not receive. While this aforementioned thought is true, albeit to an extent the adverse effects far outweigh Facebook’s benefits. Facebook is a harmful tool that causes health problems, and social problems in young adults. One of Facebook’s key demographics is young adults, or teenagers. (Murphy, Clare) These teens display their entire lives on Facebook, devoting a myriad of hours to “liking” and commenting on other users’ posts. Their usage of Facebook is habitual, and constant; often never refraining from a day of this practice. With the technological innovation of smart phones, they now don’t even need a computer to purvey this site, instead being able to take it on the go with Facebook’s mobile application. This behavior is likened by many to that of an addict, an often when a user abstains from Facebook for a short period of time, they begin to suffer from withdrawal symptoms including; “frantic cravings, anxiety and jitters” (Conger, Cristen). Facebook does not merely cause addiction in its young users, it also can cause a litany of mental health problems. Esteemed scientist Susan Greenfield recently presented a study where

which promotes bonding. now being conducted behind a computer. with no opportunity to think up clever or witty responses. This migration of socialization is engendering young people who are more comfortable speaking through Facebook. Dr Aric Sigman made the claim that Facebook in fact weakened a person’s immune system.”( Derbyshire. Dr Sigman states that. This is due to the sanitization of human interaction. are “far more perilous” than electronic interactions because they “occur in real time. and less and less is being performed in person. Robert) Psychologist. (Mackey. This could increase the risk of problems as serious as cancer. This is causing an increased amount of people to become socially awkward.” Another expert on this subject. Because of it’s promotion of online interaction. “'In less than two decades. heart disease and dementia. Facebook can cause a wide array of social detriments. Lady Greenfield stated that “social interactions conducted through computer screens are fundamentally different from spoken conversations”. to develop less than stellar people skills. play a pivotal role in the development of genes involved with the immune system. “Increased isolation could alter the way genes work and upset immune responses.tests showed that young users of Facebook had shorter attention spans than those who did not use Facebook. Sigman revealed that. Denise) While in this present . with a large quantity originally taking place face to face. It could also impair mental performance.” A person’s social interactions (conducted physically). strokes. altered according to whether people were in close contact or not” causing there to be a “difference between "real presence" and the virtual variety” Aside from health problems. Dr. “Levels of hormones such as the 'cuddle chemical' oxytocin. hormone levels and the function of arteries. more and more communication is being conducted via computer. the number of people saying there is no one with whom they discuss important matters nearly tripled.

and skinning their own meat for the alternative of purchasing it at a supermarket humans will abandon the practice of physical interactions for the Facebook alternative. (Murphy. in interactions. Facebook however beneficial it might be to maintaining interactions poses as a detrimental instrument to an adolescent’s health and mentality. Clare) With Facebook’s system of posting comments. Facebook may soon create a world where that form of communication is impossible for many to undertake. young Facebook users’ brains are becoming infantilized into small children who live for the moment.time. and encourages their need for instant gratification. also fosters the development of a young person’s self-centeredness. and therefore a heightened degree of narcissism. Lady Greenfield makes a dire prediction in which. real-time interaction. It is also a fundamental tool in a majority of young adults’ daily networking. young people are beginning to expect this level of devotion in the world outside of the computer. Facebook is a social networking site that has revolutionized the world of communication as we know it.” (Derbyshire. and follow-up remarks almost instantly. “Perhaps future generations will recoil with similar horror at the messiness. It is a tool used in advertising. in the same way mankind has abandoned the practice of hunting. and in educational pursuits. unpredictability and immediate personal involvement of a three-dimensional. Denise) Facebook. people are still able to engage in physical interaction. killing. and pictures that generate likes. . This of course leads to a higher expectation of other’s investment into their lives. In the same way that babies need constant reassurance. along with stunting the development of social skills.

Works Cited Murphy. went further in depth with the idea of Facebook weakening the immune systems of it’s users. along with other ill effects. Clare. “Is Online Social Networking Good or Bad?” Discovery News. Web. Cristin. Feb. Sigman. and helping me to learn about other adverse developmental effects that it imposes on young people. June 2012. This article found on the BBC News site aided my research in the detrimental effects that Facebook. from Cancer to Autism” BBC News. Web. “Online Risks. Facebook can cause a increased risk of cancer in it’s users. This article which I found on the discovery news web archive spoke about the overall merits of social networking. This article found on the Daily mail uk website archive. June 2012. “How Using Facebook could raise your risk of Cancer” Daily Mail. Web. June 2012. Aric. Facebook enables these effects by decreasing the amount of time a person spends physically interacting with people. Through this genes that develop the immune system get hurt. By weakening the immune system. as well as all online endeavors imbues in young users. While not directly causing any illnesses. Feb 2009. April 2010. . 2009. Conger.

Robert. This article which I found in the New York Times web archive relayed a study from a neuroscientist who found that children who utilized facebook often developed chilling developmental and social problems. Web. Mackey. This really aided in my argument. Denise “Social websites harm children’s brains. This article which I found in the New York Times web archive. Chilling warning to parents from top Neuroscientist” New York Times. Web. also aided in my development of a argument against Facebook. as it spoke of the negative effects Facebook spawned health wise. “Is Social Networking Killing You?” New York Times Feb 2009. June 2012. some as bad as autism.Derbyshire. June 2012. Feb 2009. .

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