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Excessive use of social media

Pakistan Press Foundation

By Muhammad Usama Ibrahim

KARACHI: Websites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace can be enjoyable when used moderately. The problem is that they are frequently overused and often misused. With a few clicks, anyone on these websites can access anything we post or upload, including a prospective employer. Company managers often use Facebook as a tool to learn about prospective employees. Often times, they will look through a possible employee’s Facebook account before deciding to even bring them in for an interview.

What people post on Facebook can end up tarnishing their image at times if they reveal a lot of unnecessary details.

When excessive amounts of time are spent on these websites, people have less time or desire to directly socialise with others. People who do not have person-to-person interactions have a harder a time accomplishing important social tasks.

Social networking websites have the potential to bring out the worst in people, which can often cause psychological disorders. Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology, found that teenagers using Facebook have more narcissistic tendencies and show more signs of anti-social behaviours. He found that daily overuse of social media websites have a negative effect on the health of all children, pre-teens and teenagers, by making them more prone to anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders. Excessive social networking is a disease and we desperately need a cure.

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