Doctors warn of dangers of social networking sites - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/5/09

Doctors warn of dangers of social networking sites

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Are you on Facebook or MySpace?  Nearly two and a half million people use them to keep up with old friends and new ones.  While online social networks continue to grow in popularity, some scientists are raising red flags that this could be bad for the brain. It could result in a lack of empathy, a lot of sensationalism and, overall, could cause you to have a short attention span. 

Dr. Stephan Bergeron, M.D., with the Brain Center America asks, "Do you use it as a means to reach out to people that are far away and keep in contact with them, or do you use it as an objective where you spend eight to ten hours a day? That's when it is toxic for you."

Bottom line, Dr. Bergeron says most experts agree it's a good idea to limit the amount of time we spend on social networking sites to no more than one or two hours a day.

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