Social networking sites leading to identity crisis

Baroness Greenfield, a leading scientist and professor of pharmacology at Oxford University warned that social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have created a generation obsessed with themselves, who have short attention spans and a childlike desire for constant feedback on their lives. Repeated exposure to social networking sites is causing an "identity crisis" among the users.

She believes that the growth of Internet 'friendships' as well as greater use of computer games could effectively 'rewire' the brain. This can result in reduced concentration, a need for instant gratification and poor non-verbal skills, such as the ability to make eye contact during conversations.

More than 750 million people in the world use Facebook to share photographs and videos and post regular updates of their movements and thoughts
. She added, “Think of the implications for society if people worry more about what other people think about them than what they think about themselves."


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