New research is showing that the Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, could actually be bad for kids both physically and mentally, this according to a California psychologist and researcher.
Larry Rosen, a psychologist at Cal State Dominguez Hills, said in a presentation in Washington D.C. that social networking sites like Facebook could potentially harm children stating that, among other things, children’s use of Facebook is likely to promote “narcissism” – or an inflated deception of self-importance.
When children write about themselves and what they are doing on a continual basis, narcissism and other antisocial personality disorders, paranoia, and anxiety can develop.
What do you think?
According to Facebook’s policy, you must be at least 13 years old to have a profile a Facebook. But you and I know that kids of all ages are joining the social network and becoming active, well below the age of 13.
However, I can’t imagine the susceptibility of narcissism being any less prevalent as an adult as it would be as a child. But then again, I’m not a psychologist.
What do you think – is Facebook dangerous for children’s mental well being? Could the social network really be harmful to children’s psychological health?