Sunday, 22 Feb, 2009 Health & Fitness
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Social Networks Are Bad For Our Health

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Social networking websites can harm one's health if they reduce the amount of time people communicate live, a British scientist reports.

The results of the study upon the influence on health of such websites as Facebook or LiveJournal were published by the biologist Arick Sigman in the scientific magazine of the British Institute of Biology, "The Biologist".

In the respective article, called "Always Online: The Biological Influence of Social Networks", Sigman warns people not to be too "passionate" about internet-websites which replace communication with real people more and more nowadays.

The scientist affirms that lack of communication may influence negatively the activity of the organism's immune system, the hormonal balance, the activity of arteries and the processes of thinking. Thus, instead of stimulating communication, social networks replace it.

This leads to the risk of development of different diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and nervous disturbances.

The number of hours that an average British man spends daily by communicating with dear people, friends and colleagues has decreased from 6 hours in 1987 to almost 2 hours in 2007. In the same period of time, the usage of electronic mass-media and internet has increased from 4 to almost 8 hours per day.

"In a period of time less than 2 decades the quantity of people who affirm not to have someone to talk serious problems with has increased almost 3 times", Sigman says.

The scientist declares that parents spend less and less time with their children, and among all the European countries, Great Britain is the one where the smallest number of children have dinner with their parents.

The biologist denies the point of view, according to which social networks stimulate the contacts between people, by affirming that they only offer the illusion of communication to their users.

In his article, published in "The Biologist", the scientist points out the fact that physiological processes in the organism take place in a different way, depending on if a person is alone, in someone's society or in the virtual reality, as it often happens today.

"A lot of these things must yet be studied, but it seems that there is a difference between the influence of someone's real presence and the virtual replacement of someone's society", the biologist reports.

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