Hundreds of millions of people have become part of their everyday life Facebook and other popular social networking sites. However, as is usually the case, misuse of social networks may, according to experts, cause various psychological problems for users.
Scientists from the Negro-Psychoanalysis Society, a non-governmental organization, completed a few weeks ago in a survey that found that two out of three social network users are exaggerating what they write about themselves, leading to the emergence of serious psychological problems that start from feeling emotions guilt and shame, continue with depression and even hit the door of paranoia.
According to the researchers, most users create a false person that is far from reality.
Users report that they have knowledge and skills that they do not have but that they lead a life that is by no means a reality.
But when they shut their computer, they are confronted with their true self and their real lives, and unable to manage the virtual distance from their real existence, they exhibit psychological problems.
Experts from the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University attended a thousand users Facebook. They found that just five minutes of work with Facebook is enough to affect the user mentally. According to the researchers, five minutes of staying on the popular social network are enough to spur egoism and the level of spontaneity of a user.
Researchers estimate that this sudden change in mood may cause the user to lose control at various levels.
It may, for example, show aggressive or even violent behaviors, and it is likely to make him eat more and more fattening foods. It can also lead him to bizarre economic decisions, resulting in losing a lot of money. It is the first time that findings are shown that engaging with social networks can lead to loss of control of a person. According to researchers, the root cause of the rapid and drastic impact of social networks on a user's psyche is the fact that communication is impersonal.
As they contend, when two persons face to face there are various social and other rules that usually hinder the immediate and intense change of their mental state. But when communication is impersonal and done electronically, all these rules "weaken" the researchers said.
Users tend to show only the positive points of themselves, with the degree of positivity being increased by supportive messages and generally accepting the other users they communicate with. This increases the self-esteem of the user to such an extent that his personal defenses are greatly reduced and he loses control by developing dangerous for himself and for other behaviors.