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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

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

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

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

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