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Old 07-17-2014, 12:55 AM
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Facebook and our psyche

Facebook has become a psychological addiction, where a simple click of the “like” button automatically sends the message that the post is literally “liked” by the other users in our mind, never once considering that it can be a mere formality. This activity develops narcissism, and we seem to be more active on the site rather than attempting in developing a favorable personality. 1*

Some find it necessary to be attached to the site for the whole day; broadcasting activities which we don’t do in real life, because it causes defame and disgrace like: showing emotions, mood, broadcasting their current position, preferred food and fashion. Other users being members of your same psyche start “liking” and “commenting”. It creates interest, suspense and psychological impact and it induces self-satisfaction and can overwhelmed one through false means. We may not know that excess use of Facebook leads to psychological disorder (Internet Addiction Disorder). 2*

Facebook is a source for easily accessible information that has triggered major skirmishes like envy, jealousy, false assumptions, stocking behaviors and such other interrelated calamities. Easily accessible information increases curiosity in knowing more and more about other users and can lead to glitches. 3* Research into CyberPsychology & Behavior, has shown that Facebook fuels jealousy by encouraging and or tempting people to spend in searching for possible romantic partners and is causing an upsurge in spouses using Facebook as means to keep track of the other’s actions. 4*

Mark Keenan, managing director of Divorce-Online, said: “Facebook has become the primary method for communicating with friends for many people. People contact ex-partners and the messages start as innocent, but lead to trouble. If someone wants to have an affair or flirt with the opposite sex then it’s the easiest place to do it.” In 2011, Facebook was reported to be the third major cause of divorce in the U.S as people are beginning to use the information on Facebook to provide proof as to their partner’s disloyalties. 5*

A 2010 survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), reported that four out of five lawyers found there is an increase of Facebook and social network base evidence for many of the divorce cases. 6*

Facebook has allowed the University of California, the University of San Francisco and Cornell University to use it to conduct psychological research. 700,000 people’s accounts news feeds were manipulated for the research over the period of one week in January 2012. During the week of experiment, observations were made to determine whether or not, and how the behavior of Facebook users changed in response to the manipulated news feeds.7* 8*

Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Ms Sandberg, while addressing a conference in India organized by the Federation of Indian chambers of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi, said “This was part of ongoing research companies do to test different products, and that was what it was; it was poorly communicated. And for that communication we apologize. We never meant to upset you.” 7*

Facebook is facing problems for playing with the sentiments of users and has apologized. “It's clear that people were upset by this study and we take responsibility for it” said Richard Allen, Director of Policy, Facebook. 7*

As human beings, we are drawn to those things that are unknown to us. When we are faced by a new situation for example, curiosity starts to develop inside of us. Facebook possesses the same quality to enthrall and to draw us in ever further into the cyber world it creates. We may use it for social purposes, such as maintaining contact with friends and loved ones, as long as we remember not to become addicted to it. If addiction takes hold, we may suffer from a decline in mental health that may be driven by jealousy etc, and which could result in undesirable outcomes such as hostile confrontations, with both loved ones, friends or mere strangers, and divorce.


1* Cecilie Schou Andreassen, Torbjørn Torsheim, Geir Scott Brunborg, And Ståle Pallesen, Psychological Reports, 2012, 110, 2, 501-517, Development Of A Facebook Addiction Scale, Department of Psychosocial Science, University of Bergen, The Bergen Clinics Foundation, Norway.
Retrieved June 26, 2014.
Retrieved from: https://d1029qjbfn721s.cloudfront.ne...andreassen.pdf

2* Internet addiction disorder (IAD), Wikipedia Encyclopedia
Retrieved June 29, 2014.
Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interne...ction_disorder

3* Internet addiction disorder (IAD), Wikipedia Encyclopedia
Retrieved June 16, 2014.

4* Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News. (2009, August 7). Does Facebook Usage Contribute To Jealousy In Relationships? ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
Retrieved from: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090806112558.htm

5* John Stevens, 30 December 2011, The Facebook divorces: Social network site is cited in 'a THIRD of splits'.
Retrieved July 4, 2014.
Retrieved from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...-divorces.html

6* Big Surge in Social Networking Evidence Says Survey of Nation's Top Divorce Lawyers, Wednesday, February 10, 2010, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
Retrieved July 8, 2014.
Retrieved from: http://www.aaml.org/about-the-academ...e-says-survey-

7* Jennifer Newton, 3 July 2014, Mail Online, News
Retrieved July 13, 2014.
Retrieved from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...xperiment.html

8* BBC, News Technology, 2 July 2014, Facebook faces UK probe over emotion study.
Retrieved July 15, 2014.
Retrieved from: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28102550

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Old 10-14-2014, 08:47 AM
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Are you only looking at negative aspects? It's mostly, but not all bad.

Also, I wouldn't think the point where FB is often the start of affairs is a "psyche" issue.... it's more highlighting a shift of our society in general.

Lastly, dailymail isn't a very credible source.

PS In the whole research issue, I'm not angry at FB over the issue. It's part of the researchers' JOB to know that's unethical and illegal.
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This is good, but it seems you only look at the negative aspects of Facebook.
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