German psychologist Christoph Muller drew attention to the fact that the Norwegian Anders Breivik suicide and 24-year-old James Holmes, who recently gave a shot in the cinema audience of the American city of Aurora, was an account in Facebook.
On the basis of the facts the expert builds a whole theory about the identity of predators, which were marked by mass killings in different countries, according to HAKER.ru with reference to the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.
According to Muller, the lack of a profile in Facebook can be a primary feature that suggests anti-social nature of human personality. In the future, such observations will help to identify potential criminals before they committed a crime.
German newspaper recalls in this connection that employers often also carry out a preliminary screening of candidates for the position held, paying attention to the information that people publish on the social network.
If he do not have a profile, these candidates do not even consider. It is believed that such a person, or hiding something, or just do not have any friends, that is asotsialen.
It is unclear what is worse
Until now, we note, most psychologists reported that offered to look inside the social networking maniacs, not outside them, and warned that the passion for social online media increases the risk of uncontrolled behavior (see links at the bottom of the article).
For example, a Canadian psychologist, Thoraya Mehdizade of York University (Ontario) a few years ago, experimentally found that the admirers of the social network Facebook have low self-esteem and a tendency to narcissism. The researcher explains the results obtained by the fact that Facebook does not produce self-confident people can easily make new acquaintances and provides them with a space for self-affirmation.
The famous British scientist Baroness Susan Greenfield believes that people hooked on Facebook or Twitter, significantly reduced the level of concentration, but increased the need for immediate assessment and lost many non-verbal skills – such as the ability to look into the eyes during conversation. All this is a sign of “identity crisis” – the term denotes the loss in the psychology of a person or social group in view of its place in society and their self-worth.
As long as we think about this problem, a virtual “friendship” and computer games are gradually reshaping the human brain, warns scientist Baroness, a professor at Oxford University, an authority in the field of psychology, neurobiology and pharmacology, as well as the famous writer and member of the House of Lords.
Danish psychologist Anders Colding-Jorgensen also believes that because of the enthusiasm for computer teenagers lose social skills. In his view, communication with the so-called social networks, like excessive consumption of “Coca-Cola.” “Facebook and Twitter are deceiving the brain, causing him to believe that electronic communication meets the social needs of pupils, – to such a conclusion was reached recently, Colding-Jorgensen and his colleagues at the National Institute of Public Health, Denmark. – However, the body knows what is sitting on a chair, it is not sense of body language, proximity does not feel and smell of other people. It’s like drinking Coca-Cola, imagining that the body receives enough nutrients and vitamins. ”
The term “identity crisis” appeared in the science is relatively recent – in the second half of last century. It was introduced into scientific use the famous American psychologist Erik Homburger Erikson, during his investigation of “war neurosis” in submariners. The crisis manifests itself as a discrepancy between the existing social status or social group demands the changed situation. The main indicator is the inability to accept the new role that is required by external circumstances, or taking it to adapt to it. Among the features most characteristic of this condition psychologists call: the inadequacy of self-esteem, loss of outlook, the growth of pessimism, changes in social activity, the emergence of hard-line social judgments and aggressive behavior, heightened interest in the metaphysical and irrational problems, etc.
To judge as to whether the development of an identity crisis social networks, or, conversely, help to overcome it, most likely, until just early – like, for example, there is still no clear answer to the question of possible harm to the health of mobile phones and other gadgets. Everything rests on the lack of reliable health statistics, and for its collection, according to experts, take fifty years, or even better – a hundred.
So, presumably, the scientists are right who believe that the current generation of psychiatrists is not quite able to help people in dealing with psychological problems associated with the Internet. Especially because the other part of psychiatrists believed that each generation faces new challenges, and we should not exaggerate the danger.