Facebook, Myspace Generation Dilute Value Of Friendship, Shun Reality

Social Networking websites could be detrimental to the well-being and social upbringing of the younger people according to a researcher, who intriguingly has an account on Facebook.

Dr. Himanshu Tyagi, a psychiatrist at West London Mental Health Trust, told an audience at the Annual Meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists that teenagers born after 1990 have had the equivalent of a virtual DNA modification, adding that social networking websites like Facebook or Myspace have unwittingly promoted the idea that relationships and friendships can be easily created and discarded.

This, he added, creates a state where young people could potentially put less value on their real world identities or confound their virtual identity with their real ones.

He points to the fact that all the deaths in the so-call suicide epidemic in Bridgend were in this age group and the rise of social networking websites could potentially be dangerous and harmful as it fosters impulsive act.

Tyagi went on to contrast real life and virtual worlds saying that the former pales in comparison and appears boring and non-stimulating.