In the past, many studies have tried to explore the positive as well as adverse affects that excessive use of social media can have on us. A new study has come up with more drastic conclusions though. According to it, Facebook and other similar sites can induce psychosis in individuals.
Before you start worrying about the study, it is important to note here that the psychosis induced by the excessive use of social media mostly affects such individuals who have suffered a loss recently. For instance, individuals who try to drown their post-break-up anxiety by engaging in online conversations, tend to grow delusional.
According to Dr. Uri Nitzan of Tel Aviv University, the study was conducted on a number of patients and “In each case, a connection was found between the gradual development and exacerbation of psychotic symptoms, including delusions, anxiety, confusion, and intensified use of computer communications.”
Apparently, many of the persons affected by such psychosis become detached from their realities and too immersed in the cyber experience. Some of them grow too intimate with a person they talk to online, and start growing different kinds of delusions towards the cyber-relationship.
Dr. Nitzan further explains, “Some of the problematic features of the Internet relate to issues of geographical and spatial distortion, the absence of nonverbal cues, and the tendency to idealize the person with whom someone is communicating, becoming intimate without ever meeting face-to-face.”