Is our social media use turning us into psychopaths bent on dishonesty and poor behavior – among other problems? A new study by the team at WhoIsHostingThis suggests that social media might be bad for our overall attitude towards social behavior.
According to the company’s research social media users lie more than non-social media users and have more vanity. 2,000 women were surveyed in one study used for the company’s findings and 30% of those women admitted to lying about doing something interesting when in reality they were at home alone. The study also found that 25% of Facebook users admitted to falsifying some of their social account data.
The study also found that 42% of teens now admit to being cyber bullied via social networks. Another study found that 28% of kids between the ages of 11 to 16 admit to having been bullied online or via mobile phone.
In terms of relationships the study found that 25% of people have had relationship issues because of “confrontational online behavior.”
The study also found a high level of pathological egocentricity as 37% of users constantly change their LinkedIn profiles and 46% admit to regularly Googling their own names. Many users have even admitted to checking social networks when eating dinner with other people at the table.
So are we all turning into psychopaths because of social media use? Probably not, but we do seem to be lying more and hurting our own relationships.
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Author: James Kosur
James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.