Facebook Hinders “Making Friends” For Youngsters

Online social networking sites have now become part of our daily lives, in fact some would argue that they have taken over our existence. Although sites such as Facebook and Twitter being the big two, pull in millions of users every day of every week and offer positive experiences such as finding long lost friends, loved ones, sharing photos, the joining of and being invited to events, it can also have its downfalls.

As well as an increase in cyber bullying, scams, ongoing privacy issues and so on, a study has found that a consequence of some teenagers spending too much time on Facebook, is having an effect on and how they make new friends. We’ve spoken on numerous occasions about the belief that networking sites are becoming too addictive and children/teenagers should be monitored more closely, as to how much time they spend surfing the net as well as who they engage conversation with.

Just recently we brought you an article in which overuse of technology could in the long run lead to problems with the way in which childrens’ brains develop, this as one expert said could hinder the way in which an individual learns communication skills.

On average as Metro reported, youngsters have in the region of 243 friends or thereabouts. Spending on average a time of three and a half hours a day on sites such as Facebook, is preventing them from speaking to people in person or even on the telephone.

Julie Peasgood an expert in the field of relationships commented by saying, “You can’t hug a Facebook friend. Touch calms us, heals us and allows us to connect with other people. It is the only basis sense considered essential for human life.”

Another that of Valery McConnell, editor of Yours magazine said, “Modern society doesn’t encourage us to speak face to face. As a result, loneliness levels in Britain are soaring to crisis point and are set to get even worse. Eighteen year olds are as lonely as 80 year olds. What an indictment of Britain that such a simple need – friendship – is beyond the reach of most.”

Do you tend to agree with this? Have you yourself got a teenager who spends alot of time on sites such as Facebook? Are there limitations as to how much time they are allowed to go on them and have you safety features set in place?