Facebook study reveals increased narcissism and anxiety, says psychologist
The Los Angeles Times originally reported that the study found increased alcohol use among people who used Facebook more. Alcohol was not a part of the study. As Dr. Rosen says in the comments section of this post, "I said that people who use Facebook more show more signs and symptoms of alcohol dependence but that is not the same as saying that they drink!"
In the olden days — the '90s — we used TV and landline telephones to distract us from our studies or work. Now we have Facebook, and it's turning our children in narcissists, and making all of us anxious, paranoid, and antisocial, according to a psychologist who spoke Saturday at an American Psychological Association conference in D.C.
Larry Rosen, a social media researcher at Cal State Dominguez Hill and author of Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn, found that teens and young adults who logged onto Facebook constantly were more narcissistic. And the more any of us uses Facebook, the more likely we are to have antisocial personality disorder, paranoia, and anxiety.
In observing middle school, high school and college students studying for 15-minute periods, Rosen found that most were only able to concentrate for two or three minutes before wandering to check Facebook or their cell phones. And those students, of course, performed worse on their exams.
Ah, but there's a solution for that.
[via LA Times]
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