Scientists warn that there are dozens of harmful effects associated with the use of social networking sites!

Scientists warn that there are dozens of harmful effects associated with the use of social networking sites!
Scientists warn that there are dozens of harmful effects associated with the use of social networking sites!

A new study has revealed that there are nearly 50 harmful effects associated with social media use, and it’s not just about mental health.

Academics at the University of Technology Sydney reported 46 adverse effects associated with the use of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, including anxiety, depression, harassment, incitement to suicide, online stalking, jealousy and excessive information, and insecurity online. In a new research paper.

In general, social media issues range from physical and mental health problems to negative effects on job and academic performance, as well as security and privacy issues, according to the academics.

So far, research on social networking has focused “largely on its benefits and potential,” they say, but that means its negative effects have been overlooked.

In their paper, the study authors say: “This study builds on the limited work that exists on the so-called ‘dark side’ of the use of OSNs. [الشبكات الاجتماعية عبر الإنترنت]. The immense popularity of OSN highlights the importance of understanding the positive and negative effects of using them.”

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For the study, the team reviewed more than 50 research articles published between 2003 and 2018. In 2003, social media was still in its infancy, and one of the first social networks, MySpace, was founded in 2003.

Adverse effects of social media have been found to include invasion of privacy, deception, panic, conflict with others, and increased appetite for financial risk.

Study author Leila Boron, from the University of Technology in Sydney, explained that some of the most common negative effects included psychological damage such as jealousy, loneliness, anxiety and reduced self-esteem, as well as things such as exposure to malware and phishing risks.

Overall, the researchers grouped negative effects into six topics – ‘cost of social exchange’, ‘spam’, ‘privacy concerns’, ‘security threats’, ‘cyberbullying’ and ‘low performance’.

The cost of social exchange includes psychological damage, such as depression, anxiety, or jealousy, and other costs such as wasted time, energy, and money.

Annoying content, at the same time, includes a wide range of content that annoys users, whether it is violent, sexual or obscene.

Currently, more than 3.6 billion people worldwide use social networks such as Facebook and Instagram.

Raising awareness of its potential risks can encourage user moderation, and help software engineers, educators and policy makers develop methods to reduce their negative effects, according to the research team.

Boron is currently researching the factors that influence social media addiction and the strategies people use to regulate their behaviour.

The next step will be to develop and test applications, design features, and other solutions that can reduce these negative effects.

The new study was published in the Journal of Global Information Management.

Source: Daily Mail

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