The warning comes from a social network website, which conducted its own survey of 2,000 British users. The results showed that 36% of those surveyed recognized spending more time socializing on social networks than in real life, while 32% claimed to have more friends online. Almost a third of the respondents (28%) said that they exaggerated or lied when socializing online to make themselves more appealing.
‘It’s important that people don’t become so obsessed with their online persona that they lose touch with reality or miss out on real-life events which the research shows us is becoming the case,’ says Emma Kenny, a psychologist who helped develop the study. ‘17% of Brits have missed key events such as a child’s stage or sporting performance and a baby’s first steps due to trying to capture it on their phone or camera purely for their social network.’
According to Kenny, social networks may boost people’s confidence and help them to stay in touch, but it is important to find the right balance between real and online life. The rapid development of smart phones and computer devices don’t make it that easy.
Source: Badoo News
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