Social media girls get sad

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Social media girls get sad
January 31st, 2012 by admin
Girls can ‘ruin their girlhood’ by spending too much time on social networks. The new Stanford University study looks at data from girls between the ages of eight and 12 – all subscribers to Discovery Girls magazine – who spend considerable time using social media and finds that they are likely to be less happy than their less-networked peers.
Multitasking and spending many hours watching videos and using online communication is linked to certain negative experiences, such as feeling less socially success, having more friends whom parents perceive as bad influences and sleeping less, the research finds.
Clifford Nass, the Stanford professor of communication leading the study, says he was looking into how social media might create impediments to face-to-face interaction, which teaches kids how to read body language and facial clues.
“Humans are built to notice these cues – the quavering in your voice, perspiration, body posture, raise of an eyebrow, a faint smile or frown,” he explains. “Social media leaves the conversation two-dimensional. If I’m not with you face to face, I don’t get these things. Or, if I’m face to face with you and I’m also texting, I’m not going to notice them.”


  1. Can we teach our kids the etiquette of not texting while you're speaking to ANYONE? I'm surprised they don't make the connection if (when?) they are hoping someone is listening to them but the listener is also texting. Aren't we also built to want people to pay attention to us? To take us seriously?

  2. Teaching that etiquette seems like a good approach - it also teaches respect for others, putting others first and self-control as well.


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