We’re all familiar with the idea that with any activity, moderation is key. Now, more than ever, online presence via social media sites, in particular, is drawing extra attention for their detrimental effects on certain behaviors of individuals.
Children are especially vulnerable to these effects. According to a recent study by the California State University presented during the 119th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, kids who spend a lot of time on Facebook are more likely to have low grades.
The study also points out other observations such as behavioral problems, including teens having “narcissistic tendencies” from being logged on to multiple social media sites. Other effects include manic and aggressive tendencies, as mentioned by Larry Rosen, professor of psychology at California State University. Children below 13 years old were also found to be more likely to have bouts of anxiety, be depressed, have problems sleeping and have tummy aches as well.
The researchers discovered that when the students were allowed to study for 15 minutes using a computer, they had the tendency to be off-task every three minutes. Said Rosen, “"What we found was mind-boggling ... About every three minutes (during the fifteen-minute period), they are off-task. You'd think that under these constraints - that someone is observing you - that they would be more on task."
As the minutes passed, the researchers were even more surprised to find that at the eight to ten minute mark, the students would open more new tabs, and those who tried to multitask essentially performed worse academically. “The more media they consumed per day, the worse students they were. If they checked Facebook just once during 15 minutes, they were worse students (performed poorly)," says Rosen.