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Does Facebook and twitter make us "vain and self-obsessed"?

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That's what Baroness Greenfield, professor of pharmacology at Oxford University, thinks. She believes that Facebook and Twitter gives us short attentions spans and a need for constant attention.

The thing is, she's kind of right. Most of us tweet and Facebook about every detail of our lives. And positive comments, 'likes' and retweets can boost our confidence and self esteem.

In regards to the short attention spans, I don't think that's limited to social media alone. The internet and technology in general means there are hundreds of things fighting for our attention. I know I'm horribly guilty of checking my phone more than I should in company.

She also believes that using social media means we suffer from reduced concentration, poor non-verbal skills (like keeping eye contact) and a need for instant gratification.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments while I go update my Facebook status...

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Posted by Emma Cossey on August 1, 2011 9:00 AM in Social Media
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