Social networks connect us in any time and in any place, but disconnect us from who we have around.
Currently have become the perfect means for networking and friends, although that is a double-edged sword, since social networks are the main factor for people to develop “anxiety digital”.
This kind of anxiety-stress is derived from the coexistence and constant results in problems such as nomofobia (frustration lives when we do not have cell phone or gadget to the hand or, when we’re not connected to the Internet).
What is more shocking is that now it is much easier to make new friends online and even share more easily with friends and family via digital apps and social networks than in real life (an example of this is that in the same house communicate by WhatsApp and not face-to-face).
According to a report by the Pew Research Center, 57 percent of teenagers between 13 and 17 years, he has formed friendships thanks to the Internet. And nearly three out of every 10 youths reported having a network of more than five friendships that were created through the Web.
“The Internet really is a critical part of the way in which teenagers make and maintain a friendship. We help to undo some of the assumptions of adults who are wasting their time with these devices,” he told The New York Times Amanda Lenhart, who directed the research by the Pew Research Center.
The study of Lenhart added that “social networks help teens feel more connected with the daily life and the feelings of their friends, and also offer them a place to receive support from others in difficult times.”
For Antonio of God, a psychologist of the Quirón Hospital of Marbella, the nomofobia leads to a feeling that we are failing and the fear takes over us.
For good and for bad
Although social networks have revolutionized and solved many problems of communication in the 21st century, they have also become a tool to give rise to such phenomena as on-line harassment and increases the exposure and risk the bullying cyber.
Not only the problems of real life are transferred to the social networks, of the Network are also born with conflicts that lead to the dynamic real.
The research of the Pew Research Center reported that 68 percent of teens have been involved in some kind of drama with their friends online. If that weren’t enough, many of these “dramas” it started because one of the users did not gave Like to a publication.
Not counting the problems that can take place when a user deletes a known of their digital platforms.
“The presence of an audience in a network not only allows the connection, encourages connections of intimacy and conflict in order to provoke reactions from others,” said Alice Marwick, professor at Fordham University, in New York. “Social networks create a context in which people are constantly monitoring against the expectations of others —a context that can cause anxiety and paranoia”.