“Facebook and Twitter have created a generation obsessed with themselves, who have short attention spans and a childlike desire for constant feedback on their lives, a top scientist believes. Repeated exposure to social networking sites leaves users with an ‘identity crisis’, wanting attention in the manner of a toddler saying: ‘Look at me, Mummy, I’ve done this.’
The academic suggested that some Facebook users feel the need to become ‘mini celebrities’ who are watched and admired by others on a daily basis. They do things that are ‘Facebook worthy’ because the only way they can define themselves is by ‘people knowing about them’.
‘It’s almost as if people are living in a world that’s not a real world, but a world where what counts is what people think of you or (if they) can click on you,’ she said.”