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.
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:
|Distraction addition||Deterioration of mood|
|Reduced self-esteem/confidence||Addiction to use of social media|
|Wasting time||Information overload|
|Wasting energy||Inappropriate posts|
|Dumb jokes||Wasting money|
|Work overload||Being exposed to sexual images/messages|
|Increased appetite for taking financial risk||Offensive content|
|Incitement to suicide||Low job performance|
|Delinquency||Low academic performance|
|Being harassed||Conflict with others|
|Phishing risks||Feeling of being abused|
|Malicious software||Social engineering|
|Stealing personal data||Cyberstalking behaviour|
|Misuse of information||Impersonation|
|Publicising private information||Unsolicited communications|
|Privacy violation||Lack of online safety|
|Poor content||Lack of privacy|