Wonderfest answers whether social networking have side effects on our health, psychology, and personality.
When we talk about social networks, we're almost always talking about online networks: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, weblogs. Constantly changing and ever-increasing online media offer us unique ways to connect, collaborate, and express our interests and creativity. Yet, questions have been raised about the widespread use of social networks, revealing a complex picture of the impact these technologies have on diverse issues such as community, tolerance, marketing and promotion, political engagement, and trust. Does social networking isolate people and reduce the significance of their relationships, or are there benefits to being connected to others in this way?
Cliff Nass, a professor of communications at Stanford University, describes some of the negative side effects of social media including "emotional atrophy," the difficulty to understand and process emotions in real time.