I have been waiting for this news for years. I have to admit that I am a Facebook and twitter cynic. To be more specific I believe it is a place for teen agers those who suffer in identity crisis. Albeit Facebook is a brilliant idea of socialising but it is more than over the top nowadays.
I am worried observing the way people exploiting all of the positive features it has to offer. It is a great tool for people those who need to work in a group i.e. group of students or employees working towards a project, where they need a significant amount of communication with everyone at the same time.
But I don’t understand why the earth people would mix business and pleasure? Why people keep posting what they have been doing every seconds of their life? In reality how many “friends” do care about these updates?
At last I came to this news yesterday, it was a huge relieve that I am not the only one who has this view. The full news article can be found here. Some excerpts are-
A psychologist is urging people to get off Facebook and other social networking sites, and get a life instead.
Dr Aric Sigman says the amount of time we spend with each other has slumped dramatically and in turn is damaging our health.
He says our devotion to such sites could alter the way genes work, upset immune responses, hormone levels, and the function of arteries, and influence mental performance.
Levels of hormones such as the “cuddle chemical” oxytocin, which promotes bonding, altered according to whether people were in close contact or not.
This could increase the risk of health problems as serious as cancer, strokes, heart disease, and dementia.
Dr Sigman continued: “One of the most pronounced changes in the daily habits of British citizens is a reduction in the number of minutes per day that they interact with another human being.
“In less than two decades, the number of people saying there is no one with whom they discuss important matters nearly tripled.
“I am worried about where this is all leading. It’s not that I’m old fashioned in terms of new technology, but the purpose of any new technology should be to provide a tool that enhances our lives.
Exactly ! I have been saying the same things to my Facebook addicted friends and family members for years.
A big thank you to Dr Sigman !
Here is a real life Facebook video.
And a video about Twitter