Does Social Networking Sites Do Greater Harm Than Good?
Social networking services (SNS) are not a new phenomenon, and it is absolutely indispensable for the people of this generation. The social networking site MySpace ranks sixth in overall web traffic, with over 47 million unique US visitors each month (QuantCast, 2007b). SNS, as we all know, provide a platform for us to improve interpersonal connections, exchange knowledge, share experiences, and so on. Although, SNS’ main goal was to bring people closer together and develops a more humane society and yet, it begins to be some how self-destructive and going against its original intentions.
Passed studies insinuate that SNS like Facebook, in reality, contributes to more social isolations. (Downran, Sohrabi Haghighat & Mohseni, 2008) Researchers have also established that Internet addiction as an actual clinical disorder and other health issues. Other than such psychological harm; it also ...view middle of the document...
” (Dunn, 2011) When adolescents spend a great deal of time interacting different people online, their face-to-face communication skills are weaken. Due to the fact of inadequate communication in person, people tend to not communicate anymore, in which led to social isolation.
Social networking sites have played a significantly important role in making people become more isolated. "Social networking sites should allow us to embellish our social lives, but what we find is very different. The tail is wagging the dog. These are not tools that enhance, they are tools that displace." (Aric, 2009) there are researches that insinuate the number of hours people spend interacting face-to-face has lessen dramatically since 1987, as the use of electronic media has increased. Therefore, Social networks led to such negative expansion and influences among society does greater harm than good.
People’s health could be harmed due to the existence of social networking sites. Past research developed by the Western Reserve School of Medicine shows a high correlation between hyper-networking (more than three hours on social networks per day) and unhealthy behaviors. According to the research, Hyper-networking was associated with depression, substance abuse, poor sleep patterns, suicide and poor academic performance. (Frank, 2010) depression, substance stance abuse, and poor sleep pattern are considered psychological concerns, and it gets more severe as time gone by (Kessler, R. C. and Walters, E. 1998). Not only mental health problems SNS has led to, also with the use of SNS’ teen encounters physical health problems as well.
SNS nowadays, causes internet addition. Victims of internet addition have encountered a great deal of physical effects. “Internet overuse can lead to sedentary lifestyles, weight gain and a decline in physical fitness. Other symptoms can include carpal tunnel syndrome, dry eyes, migraine headaches, a decline in personal hygiene and back aches.” (Cocke, 2010) Although the existence of SNS brought convenience to our community, but what’s more important is that it also brought physical harm to the people in the society. As of the knowledge of the general public, of course we would value health than convenience.