Being a Facebook buff myself, I always wondered if Facebook had any effect on the users’ physical and mental health, if there’s something like that. I decided to browse wide and far; luckily (?), I almost immediately found an article which opined that Facebook profiles might expose some kinds of mental illness.
To be really honest, I am a little disappointed with the supposed findings of the study. How about you? I read it twice over, but all I could understand is, introverts had few friends on Facebook friends list and extroverts had more friends. Duh!!
As far as I know, online social networking started with Orkut (Correct me if I’m wrong), then it expanded its horizons with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest, Socializr, Reddit, Zanga and many more.We are the first generation of social media users. Yay! Initially, me and a lot of my friends were a little apprehensive about sharing information on social sites but eventually we warmed up to it. Then we slowly reconnected with long lost buddies through mutual friends, tagged photos, posts made visible by likes- there was no stopping us. Once we built our nests and established colonies with kids young and old, on this huge virtual tree, we suddenly realize something’s amiss. Privacy, security! The uncomfortable feeling of being under scrutiny everytime there is a picture posted or a photo tagged. We are still relishing the simplicity of nurturing relationships across the globe. But the other side of it is slowly unfolding and it is a little scary to know we are unprepared for it.
You know what I’d like to find out in a future study?
- A study on how Facebook is influencing family as a social structure.
- How are the relationship dynamics in the society changing in terms of personal interactions vis-a-vis virtual ones?
- How is Facebook affecting the mindsets of the older teens?
- Is there a way to teach younger users about the complexity of social media connections and setting boundaries especially because they are now easy to make and break?
Do you agree? Why or why not?