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80% Of Parents Say Facebook Can Be 'Addictive'

A recent study of parents in the UK has shown a high level of fear and skepticism about their childrens' use of the internet, highlighting in particular the 'addictive' nature of sites such as Facebook.

According to the new research, at least 80 per cent of the parents fear that their children could get addicted to the social networking platform started by Mark Zuckerberg, or for that matter, other similar platforms such as Twitter as well.

The study, commissioned by the Internet charity Nominet, also claimed that at least one third of UK parents feel the Internet could do more harm than good to their children.

However, the study also emphasised that there was no evidence social media platforms themselves pose any threat to youngsters, and they had found no neurological evidence to indicate a "rewiring" of the brains of users, as many parents fear.

In fact, the study claims that sites like Facebook and Twitter, play a rather positive role in reinforcing existing friendships, while games associated with these sites improve “visual processing skills” among children.

“The Nominet Trust believes in the internet as a force for social good. Exaggerated fears about internet use can potentially deny its benefits to those most in need,” Annika Small, Director of the Nominet Trust, stated in a report by The Telegraph.