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Study reveals 46 harmful effects of social media


The Daily Mail reports that researchers at the University of Technology, in Sydney, Australia report that they are 46 harmful things associated with use of Social Media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The researchers came to this conclusion after reviewing dozens of studies looking a the negative effects of social media.

The Daily Mail reports:

Among them are anxiety, depression, being harassed, incitement to suicide, cyberstalking, delinquency, jealously, information overload and lack of online safety, they reveal in a new paper.

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

Many believe that Social Media is a major contributor to the societal problems we are seeing today.

READ: Time to stop tweeting? Scientists warn there are almost FIFTY harmful effects linked to the use of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

And of course, the social media executives are well aware of the problems they are causing. READ: Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show

So, why would they continue pushing it? The Bible offers one possible explanation:

10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10 NASV)

Here is a list of the 46 negative side effects associated with using social media:

StressIrritation
PanicDepression
GuiltJealously
LonelinessFlaming behaviours
AnxietySelf-dissatisfaction
Distraction additionDeterioration of mood
Reduced self-esteem/confidenceAddiction to use of social media
Wasting timeInformation overload
Wasting energyInappropriate posts
Dumb jokesWasting money
Work overloadBeing exposed to sexual images/messages
Increased appetite for taking financial riskOffensive content
Incitement to suicideLow job performance
DelinquencyLow academic performance
Being harassedConflict with others
Phishing risksFeeling of being abused
Malicious softwareSocial engineering
Stealing personal dataCyberstalking behaviour
Misuse of informationImpersonation
MisrepresentationDeception
Publicising private informationUnsolicited communications
Privacy violationLack of online safety 
Poor contentLack of privacy

 

 

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