Some time ago, there were reports about the signs of people addicted to Facebook or other social networking sites, for example, you change the status of more than two times a day and comment on the industrious friends status changes. You also diligently read the profile of a friend of more than two times a day even though he was not sending messages or to tag you in photos.
A recent report from The Daily Mail says, addicted to social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace can also be harmful to health because it triggers people to isolate themselves. The increasing isolation of self can change the way genes work, confusing the immune response, hormone levels, arterial function, and damage to mental performance. This is indeed contradicts the aim of the establishment of social networking sites, where users promised hereafter to be able to find old friends or comment on what is happening on your current partner.
A relationship starts to become dry when the individual no longer attend a social gathering, to avoid meeting with friends or family, and prefer to linger staring at the computer (or phone). When finally interact with peers, they become restless because of the separated from his computer.
The user eventually drawn into an artificial world. Someone whos friends are mainly foreigners who just found on Facebook or Friendster will find it difficult to communicate “face-to-face”. This behavior can increase the risk of serious health, such as cancer, stroke, heart disease, and dementia (senility), thus by Dr Aric Sigman in The Biologist, the journal was released by The Institute of Biology.
The meeting is face-to-face has an effect on the body that are not visible when sending e-mail. Levels of hormones such as oxytocin which encourages people to hug or interact with each other to change, depending on whether or not near the user. Several genes, including genes related to immune system and response to stress, act differently, depending on how often a person does social interaction with others.
According to him, the electronic media is slowly destroying the ability of children and young adults to learn social skills and reading body language. One of the most frequently posed changes in daily habits British population is a reduction in interaction with their peers in the number of minutes per day. Less than two decades, the number of people who say that no person can be consulted on important issues to be redoubled.
Physical damage is also very possible. When using the mouse or press the keypad phone for hours every day, you can experience injury repetitive pressure. Back disease is also common in people who spend a lot of time sitting in front of the computer desk. If at night youre still busy commenting your friends status, you also lack the time to sleep. Loss of sleep time in a long time can cause prolonged drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, and depression of the immune system. Someone who spends his time in front of the computer also will rarely exercise so addicted to this activity can lead to a weak physical condition, even obesity.
No wonder if Dr Sigman worried about the direction of this problem. Social networking sites should be a flavor of our social life, but we found very different. In fact these sites do not become a tool that can improve the quality of life, but rather a tool that makes us the wrong direction, he asserted.
However, if your Facebook activities are still just sign in, confirm friend requests, and then sign out, it seems you do not have to worry about would be exposed to the risk of cancer, stroke, and even suffering from dementia.