Social Networking is Physical/Mental/Emotional

Do you feel the need to constantly check your Facebook page?  People are spending countless hours on social media websites and it seems there is a scientific reason for it! According to writer Leslie Horn in Study Finds Chemical Reason Behond Facebook ‘Addiction’, researchers identified both psychophysiological and physical responses of people who are social networking, indicating that chemicals released in the brain while updating their statuses and perusing social networks are likened to the chemicals released when singing in a choir or engaging in other creative or artistic activities.

The feeling brought about from positively engaging in social networks clarifies the reason why some are such Facebook-ing fanatics.  If being on a social networking site such as Facebook can bring about symptoms of a “positive affective state” as indicated in the study, then its understandable way 450 million people are logged into their Facebook accounts at least once a day, including children. It just feels good.

While this study and others have shown that a Facebook post can feel like a physical hug to the brain, what happens to a brain when cyberbullying is experienced? We know that words can hurt, otherwise there wouldn’t being any old phrases like “I’m rubber and you’re glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you” usually offered by parents.

Information published on the topic of cyberbullying published by Online Counseling Degrees (Infographic: Cyberbullying- below) suggests that there are an approximately “33.2 million teenagers using social media sites” and 90% of those that do use social media sites, use Facebook. According to this infographic, “bullying is a predictable psychological behavior” with significant effects that can “ripple through well into adulthood”. People that exhibit aggressive behaviors as children are often found to have higher rates of “driving offenses, erratic work history, alcoholism, court convictions, mental health service usage and family abuse” as adults.

Again parents, it is critical to understand where your teen is online. Social networking isn’t going anywhere and as the studies and research are showing, digital interactions can provide for physical, mental and emotional situations. If your are one of the 33.2 million teens digitally networking, be aware if they are one of the 150 million victims of cyberbullying and remember, although EyeGuardian for Facebook can’t end cyberbullying, it can help sort through your child’s content and offer a bird’s eye view of worrisome interactions.
Cyber Bullying and Social Media
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