How Facebook Affects Kids' Brains

People love to sensationalize the deleterious effects of new-fangled tech on the impressionable brains of children. Psychologist Larry D. Rosen's presentation to the American Psychological Association is a little more nuanced than "Facebook Rots Kids' Brains," but it's still got plenty to be concerned about. (His title: ""Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids.")

Facebook is only seven years old and has only been open to non-college students for five years (kids under 13 are not offiially allowed to join), so researchers have not had much time to study the emotional, physical, and psychological effects it could have on kids. But science has proven at least one thing: Facebook does something to some people's brains, probably.

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