6.3 Psychological effects

As social networking sites have risen in popularity over the past years, people have been spending an excessive amount of time on the Internet in general and social networking sites in specific.

This has led researchers to debate the establishment of Internet addiction as an actual clinical disorder.

Social networking can also affect the extent to which a person feels lonely, providing people with a false sense of connection that ultimately increases loneliness in people who feel alone”.

Many teens and social networking users may be harming their interpersonal communication by using sites such as Facebook.

And there is the risk that we come to see others as objects to be accessed–and only for the parts we find useful, comforting, or amusing.

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