Study reveals 46 reasons not to be on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

The Sydney University of Technology found several reasons to reflect on the use of social media in our lives.

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The University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, conducted an investigation in which found 46 harmful effects linked to the use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Damages include anxiety, guilt, and incitement to suicide, among many others.

The author of the study, Layla Boroon, commented that beyond mental health, the use of social networks causes effects that can be grouped into six themes: “cost of social sharing”, “annoying content”, “privacy issues”, “Security threats”, “cyberbullying” and “poor performance”.

Among the most important problems related to the use of these social networks, the scientists listed the anxiety, depression, bullying, incitement to suicide, cyberbullying, crime, jealousy and overexposure to information.

The study also found that the use of these platforms leads to bankruptcyor economic, as it is a way for cyber fraud, social engineering for fraudulent purposes, poor job performance, incitement to financial risk and poor academic performance.

The study reviewed more than 50 research articles published between 2003 and 2018, with the aim of analyzing the findings that occurred from the birth of Facebook, to the present day, where it and other networks such as Instagram or Twitter enjoy great popularity.

Until now, most of the academic research on social media had focused on its benefits and positive potential, leaving aside the negative effects.

For this reason, Australian researchers decided to analyze the “dark side” of social networks, to balance the information on the subject.

According to studies, some people live social networks more intensely than others, but many came to suffer severe problems from its use.

Following, the 46 negative effects found by researchers at the Sydney University of Technology:

  1. Publish private information
  2. Misrepresentation of our words
  3. Cheated
  4. Misuse of information
  5. Waste of time
  6. Waste of energy
  7. Panic
  8. Irritation
  9. Stress
  10. Depression
  11. Guilty feeling
  12. Jealousy
  13. Loneliness
  14. Adding to distraction
  15. Deterioration of mood
  16. Reduced self-esteem / confidence.
  17. Addiction to the use of social networks
  18. Information overload
  19. Waste of money
  20. Work overload
  21. Willingness and possibility of taking financial risks
  22. Inappropriate posts
  23. Aggressive behaviors
  24. Anxiety
  25. Self-dissatisfaction
  26. Low quality content
  27. Silly jokes
  28. Being exposed to sexual images / messages
  29. Offensive content
  30. Lack of privacy
  31. Privacy violation
  32. Lack of online security
  33. Unsolicited messages
  34. Identity fraud
  35. Theft of personal data
  36. Cyber ​​bullying behavior
  37. Malicious software
  38. Social engineering
  39. Phishing risks
  40. Feeling of abuse
  41. Being harassed
  42. Conflict with others
  43. Incitement to suicide
  44. Minor offences
  45. Low academic performance
  46. Low work performance

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