Facebook hampers children's moral development, says British poll

University of Birmingham's recent study has cautioned about the effect on Facebook on children's moral development.

Facebook hampers children

A recent survey conducted in British has found that about half of the country's parents believe that use of social media Facebook and Twitter effect moral development of children.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham and the findings was published on Saturday.

The researchers found that only 15 % of the parents felt that popular social media platforms like  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provided any kind of  positive influence on children's growth and character, said the poll from the researchers.

The team of researchers also found another disturbing view from the parents.

They said, a staggering 40 per cent of parents were "concerned" or "extremely concerned" about the negative aswell as dangerous side effects of the use of social media.

"The team has found many surprising findings in the poll, which are not the least agreeing that social media can enhance or support a young person's character or moral development," lead researcher Dr Blaire Morgan said in a  statement issued by the Birmingham University.

According to the report, 24 percent of the respondents said forgiveness and self-control were the qualities that were least present in them, followed by honesty (21 per cent), fairness (20 per cent) and humility (18 per cent).

"Sixty percent of parents named anger and hostility as the most negative trait displayed, followed by arrogance (51 per cent), ignorance (43 per cent), bad judgment (41 per cent) and hatred (36 per cent)," the report noted.

Meanwhile, the top five character strengths promoted at least once a month on social media sites were identified as humour (52 per cent), appreciation of beauty (51 per cent), creativity (44 per cent), love (39 per cent) and courage (39 per cent), added researchers.

Recently, Guardian has quoted a psychological study on Facebook users to say that there is a good connection between between the number of friends you have on the social media and your "socially disruptive" and narcissist levels.
The study concluded that social media addicts are actually sceptics.

It quoted the study to say that  people who have a highly Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire are having more online friends. They tend to tag themselves more often and also seen to update their newsfeeds frequenly.