The Hidden Influence of Social Networks [TED Talk]

There seems to be word about a hidden influence of social networks which many of us are unaware of. Personally, I haven’t figured it out yet, however, Nicholas Christakis did! Christakis is an American physician and sociologist, known for his work on social networks and other factors that affect health, health care, and longevity.

I was always interested in knowing if anyone has looked into what effect virtual networking has on people’s lives. This is how I stumbled upon some studies by Christakis in the first place. In those studies, he talked the effect social networking has on actual reality and it was equally intriguing and important.

Here are some of his observation and findings:

Facebook Addiction Clinics to Open in the US… Rumor?

“In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy” Ivan Illich.

Sadly, this quote represents all societies in our present days and, as many have previously warned, the numbers of prisoners of addiction is rising and the addiction itself is taking on different forms than one would have ever expected just a few years ago!

Internet addiction has been the latest trend of addictions recently discovered. Many clinics and rehab centers have been setup and established just to fight this life-wrecking addiction since it can just as well reside in the comfort of your own home, and, to make things even worse, it is legal to all and open to the public at any time!

Then Came Facebook…

As if it wasn’t bad enough that Internet users were becoming so hopelessly addicted to the Internet in general, pop goes the weasel; Facebook! Not only does Facebook discretely take over your life and alienate you from society, it also has addictive games for you to waste your precious time on!

5 Reasons Why Parents HATE Facebook & Ways to Limit the Damage!

Facebook, Facebook, Facebook… The infamous social media channel that almost everyone around the world have heard of! Have you ever wondered how parents might think of it? I have, therefore, I prepared a list of 5 reasons why parents can hate Facebook especially when it comes to their kids using it, followed up by some […]

Use of Social Media to Uncover Haitian Slave Labor in Florida!

This story of Florida’s “Modern Day Slavery” might have never gotten around or reached the right people if it weren’t for a combination of using Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and a mobile phone!

Top 10 Addictive Facebook Games Which Can Drive You Nuts!

Top 10 Addictive Facebook Games Which Can Drive You Nuts!

Goo Maze

My advice to you is as follows: If you work, go to school, have a family, have friends, or even have a life at all, I urge you not to play more than one of the following games in the same day. Trust me, the results are amazingly terrifying! :)

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How Addicted Are You to Social Media?

How Addicted Are You to Social Media?

20 signs that mean you're addicted to social media and check those you agree with.

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Why is my sister attached to an Alien Green Cow?!

Why is my sister attached to an Alien Green Cow?!

The beauty of pixel starwberries on FarmVille

"If I don't harvest my farm right now," my 13-year-old cousin told me last month, explaining why exactly she needed to use my computer RIGHT AWAY. "My strawberry crops would die."

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Top 10 Tips to Get Rid of Your Social Media Addiction!

Top 10 Tips to Get Rid of Your Social Media Addiction!

Social Media Addicts Association!

Whether or not we choose to admit it, each of us has, or at least is prone to having, a certain addiction at some point in time or another and for a specific substance, object, concept and so on. Recently though, the hot topic which everybody seems to be talking about is the sibling of Internet addiction; the one and only: social...

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The Addictive Psychology Behind Facebook’s Use & Popularity!

The Addictive Psychology Behind Facebook’s Use & Popularity!

Facebook Addiction by The Oatmeal

"Just as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes tend to have an addictive quality in their nature, Facebook too can be extremely addictive!"

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Social Media & Mental Health: Are Our Minds Safe?

Social Media & Mental Health: Are Our Minds Safe?

Common Mood Disorders

Is the extensive use of social media sites, channels and tools creating some kind of disturbance or another in our mental stability? What are the psychological issues and disorders that social media can help breed, promote and encourage? How can we control our social media presence to contain such a serious dilemma?

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