Social Network Essay

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Social Networking In this new age of technology, people have started to adapt with these new technology that are constantly being updated. As new technology is being created, social networks are growing in popularity as a way to communicate with others. With people spending more time on social networking sites, they are spending more time indoors stressing about things people say online than outdoors having fun with caring friends. Charles said in the study. "And we found it was actually those with the most contacts, those who had invested the most time in the site, who were the ones most likely to be stressed" ("Report"). Social networks are used to help people communicate with others but for some people it also causes them to develop anxiety and other disorder. A disorder that social networks create is FOMO, Fear of Missing Out (Cohen). FOMO is caused by people feeling left out from participating in an event on the social network or with people that posted up the event on the social network (Cohen). “ It’s the whole “keeping up with the Joneses” phenomenon, only on a much larger scale, with everyone feeling as though we’ll miss some earth-shattering news, or a coveted party invite, if you dare to logout” (Cohen). Of course, social networks are for people to connect with their friends and family, but some people have become obsessed with them and start to creep around social networks spending hours checking up on all their friends (Cohen). Instead of spending hours on social networking, people should spend more time outdoors with friends being more active. “The more ‘friends’ people have on Facebook, the more likely they are to be stressed out and anxious, according to new study” ("Report "). As people have more friends on Facebook, the more stress they will have since they have to manage time between all their different friends. “Researchers found that while there is a great amount of peer pressure to be on Facebook, there also is a lot of ambivalence amongst users to be benefits” ("Report "). As you spend more time on Facebook or have more friends, there is a more likelihood that that person will be stressed out because they have more connection with Facebook than with the actual people themselves. Instead of connecting with people over Facebook, they should try connecting with their friends face-to-face through interacting with each other. As time goes by people are losing their time to spend face-to-face to spending it on Facebook since Facebook is only growing. As of now, Facebook has over 500 million users worldwide and is popular with users that can check on Facebook through their smartphones like the iPhone, Androids, or Blackberry ("Report "). As social networks makes people stress, it also makes them jealous of other people for lots of different reasons. With social networks gearing towards teens, relationships between them are full of jealousy and despair. “Past research has indicated several personality and relationship factors that contribute to the experience of jealousy” (Muise, Christofides, Desmarais). Anecdotal evidence shows that Facebook causes jealously and negative impact to romatic and sexual relationships (Muise, Christofides, Desmarais). “Individual levels of trust and self-esteem have also been associated with the experience of jealousy, where lower levels of trust are related to more intense and frequent experiences of jealousy, and self-esteem mediates the intensity of jealousy experienced following a relationship threat” (Muise, Christofides, Desmarais). Instead of being jealous on Facebook, people should go out and hang out with them so their jealousy would disappear. With everyone on social networks forming relationship, they will get jealous from other people of the opposite sex on their Facebook. “In the context of a romantic relationship, exposing one’s partner to all of these individuals, many of whom may be unknown to the partner, may increase the