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Identity Crisis Faced By The Facebook Generation

FacebookAccording to a warning given to the Annual Meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, this generation who use internet for everything and who have never known a world unless they  surf on-line  are  growing up with a dangerous view of the world and their own identity. They are going through major identity crisis. People who born after 1990 have grown up in a world dominated by online social networks such as Facebook and MySpace. Many of these youngsters use Internet as the main medium to communicate. Their relationships are quickly disposed at the click of a mouse.  Because of the online social networking, people find the real world boring and unstimulating. Because of this online mess, youngsters are going through the stages of vulnerable to impulsive to suicide.

Chat room communication reduced sensory experience; person’s expression/body language/ voice/tone aren’t there; and this can shape one’s perceptions of the interaction differently. Online session¬† changes the perception to a dream-like state, and this unnatural blending of mind with the other person leads to entirely different meaning to friendships and relationships.
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11 Comments

  1. Anon Anon says:

    Yeah, and red is the same as blue. How about you post something meaningful. “Youngsters are going through the stages of vulnerable to impulsive to suicide” because of everyday stress. The problem is not the internet or social networking, but rather that our children being taught to act grown up when in fact they are just children. This is so prevalent in society that it is easy to see that these children cannot yet function in a grown up reality and mentality. Mainly because they are children, just thought I should say that again…

  2. venus says:

    If you think what we are posting isn’t useful. Why don’t you submit us whatever you think that is useful to the society.

  3. Shanon says:

    It’s a finding by Royal College of Psychiatrist. They have done many researches so far regarding this problem. It’s not someone’s opinion..

  4. Kate says:

    I think this research is pretty reasonable. I asked my Mum and Dad about having a tough time in their teenage lives, the answer was No and they too gave the same reason that teenagers today are alot more restless and are very judgemental. I mean honsetly, we’ve seen many reports on CNN stating that some teenagers have committed suicide after having a break-up with the ‘internet friend’. Honestly, what further explanation does anyone need?! I think the article is very good. Keep up the good work guys!

  5. Pranay says:

    Everything is so shallow and superficial when it comes to socialising online..and i believe shanon is right…existentialisim is a by product of advancing technology..finally its up to the individuals..they will certainly get an answer once they take a journey inwards..! Cheers.!

  6. Aaron says:

    I disagree completely. I was born in 1992, and although I do use social networking a lot, perhaps even as my primary method of communication, I still have a very good social life.
    The same applies for all my friends, who use social networking too. Social networking is just an extension to socialising in person, as well as finding and meeting new people.

  7. Nija says:

    There is no right or wrong answer to this issue.. you may have developed people skills and tactics in your childhood.. but there are many people who may not be able to develop these people skills when they keep on using online social networks as a primary mode of communication.. we message on facebook to a friend instead of talking to them over the phone.. it is easy for us and only takes few mins.. but there are many disadvatages to this.. for instance u won’t be able to understand the mood of ur friend when they type u bunch of words…..you may not understand how s/he feels while she types these words back to u …

  8. Jay Mansworth says:

    These sites are teaching teenagers how to function in a work environment, which is great. Most people simply send emails to one another at work (especially to several people at once) to get their points across and to get tasks done. No one calls each other anymore, and in person meetings have become more rare every year.

  9. J mazaratti says:

    First of all, this post is operating on a logical fallacy of argument. The post says that children are going from “vulnerable to impulsive to suicide”. Give us the statistics from your findings. Where is your support for your claims. You used a scare tactic : slippery slope to skew the argument against social network sites in your favor. You have zero support for your opinions on this page. To simply flaunt credentials such as the society says is appeals to false authority for all who fall in the trap of believing what they read without substantial evidence. I caution the rest of you who left comments to do your research and determine for yourselves if what you read is true. Also be careful, I read a few dogmatic comments from some of you and that is no way to engage in enlightening discourse.

  10. venus says:

    Thank you for your comment mazaratti…there is a link in the post to the source. You can find the statistics and further details about the research. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/113878.php

  11. Cham says:

    Thanks for the link. I’m a fan and I read your stories on daily basis. great work.