Hateful content on Facebook bad for your brain

facebookLondon: Are you exposed to reading homophobic, racist, misogynistic or other hateful content on Facebook? It may have a harmful effect on your brain in the long run.

According to a recent Italian study, the use of online networks may threaten subjective well-being in several ways.

Online networking exposes individuals to the risk of worsening people’s trust in others and therefore hampering relationships.

“This finding suggests the need to update social networking sites’ policies against hate speech and aggressive behaviours, as already requested by a growing number of advocacy groups, particularly focusing on gender and race-based hate,” the authors concluded.

Previous research has also found that social networking sites can impact people’s happiness.

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