Contents• Definition• Social Networking Users• Stats on Mental Health• Pros & Cons of Social Networking• Conclusion• Bibliography
What is… Social Isolation NeurosisSocial isolation is the A relatively mildpervasive withdrawal or personality disorderavoidance of social contact typified by excessiveor communication. (6) anxiety or indecision and a degree of social or interpersonal maladjustment. (2)
How Many UsersAs of April 3, 2013 Facebook has 1.06 activeaccounts and Twitter has 500 million activeaccounts. (1)With the top 5 social sites (Facebook, Twitter,YouTube, Flickr and MySpace) there areapproximately 2.672 billion accounts. (1)
Stats on Neurosis & Social IsolationIn 2007 the World Health Organization (WHO)had released a paper that read about 27% ofpeople in America have been diagnosed withsome type of neurosis or social isolation.That is about 81.5 million people.
How Social Sites Are Linked With Neurosis & Social IsolationThe use of social sites gives society the ability to communicate with othersanywhere in the world, but at the same time it takes away from face to faceinteraction.Society uses social sites to talk to friends, family, co-workers, etc., when mostof the people on their friends list are within commuting distance, whichtakes away societies need toverbally communicate withothers.The more society uses thesesites the less of a need to leavetheir houses and interact withinthe community, which in returnmay lead to social isolation.
Did You KnowSocial networking sites are the top news source for 27.8% of Americans,ranking below newspapers (28.8%) and above radio (18.8%) and printpublications (6%).Students who used social networking sites while studying scored 20% loweron tests and students who used social media had an average GPA of 3.06versus non-users who had an average GPA of 3.82.35 global heads of state, every US Cabinet agency, 84% of US state governors,every major candidate for US President, and more than 40% of top globalreligious leaders are on Twitter.In July 2012 Americans spent 74.0 billion minutes on social media via a homecomputer, 40.8 billion minutes via apps, and 5.7 billion minutes via mobileweb browsers, a total of 121.1 billion minutes on social networking sites.
The Good of Social Networking• Social networking sites spread information faster than any other media.• Law enforcement uses social networking sites to catch and prosecute criminals.• Social networking sites allow people to improve their relationships and make new friends.• Social media sites help employers find employees and job-seekers find work.• Social media sites empower individuals to make social change and do social good on a community level.• Social networking sites help people who are socially isolated or shy connect with other people. (5)
The Bad of Social Networking• Social media enables the spread of unreliable and false information.• Social networking sites lack privacy and expose users to government and corporate intrusions.• Students who are heavy social media users tend to have lower grades.• Using social media can harm job stability and employment prospects.• The use of social networking sites is correlated with personality and brain disorders, such as the inability to have in-person conversations, a need for instant gratification, ADHD, and self-centered personalities, as well as addictive behaviors.• Criminals use social media to commit and promote crimes.• Social networking sites harm employees productivity. (5)
Are Networking Sites Good or A Bad ThingSocial networking sites both have the same amount of pros andcons, which leaves it down to the individual to decide if they area good thing or a bad thing.People have the choice to post things on their social network, soin the end it is up to the individual whether they are using socialnetworks for good or if they are just hurting themselves.There have been many cases where someone has been fired ordenied a job because of what the employer discovered on theirpersonal social networking profile. At the same time socialnetworking sites allow society to showcase their talents and getnoticed by employers.
Are Networking Sites Good or A Bad Thing (Cont.)In conclusion it cannot be said that socialnetworking sites are good nor bad because inthe end it is left up to the individual on whatthey post.Social networking sites have privacy policies inplace and the user gets to choose how privatethey would like to be. This brings up the lastpoint which is, “Are social networking sites thecause of neurosis and social isolation”.
Are Social Networking Sites The Cause of Higher Cases of Neurosis And Social Isolation.Social networking is tied in with social isolationand is a factor in the rising statistics.But it is not the only factor, there is also gamingand entertainment systems that also contributeto the higher social isolation number. Mentalhealth is projected to increase by 50% by theyear 2020 says W.H.O.
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