Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Facebook: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Social Networking's Impact on Kids' Psychological Health

"Facebook, texting, and instant messaging have positive and negative psychological impacts on kids, teens, and young adults, according to a leading researcher on social networking.

Although teens that frequently use Facebook often show more narcissistic tendencies, for example, they also may be more empathetic than teens who don't, says Larry D. Rosen, PhD, professor of psychology at California State University in Dominguez Hills.

And although social networking can distract youngsters from studying, it also offers teens and young adults an appealing tool for communication, he tells WebMD.

To concerned parents, Rosen says, 'Don't try to secretly monitor or restrain you children's keystrokes. How long do you think it will take them to find a workaround?'

Instead, talk to them about new technologies, he says. 'You can learn from your kids, and they will feel reinforced,' he says...." To read more, click here.

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