According to psychologists, Facebook undermines the bonds between people who are already close friends


If we have a Law on the Social Organization and Professional Activity of Psychologists, then we may govern and manage any and all infractions of this Law.

A BGNES reporter quoted Prof. Antoineta Hristova, head of the BAS Institute for Population and Human Research, as saying this.

Hristova emphasized the importance of making psychology a regulated profession in order to protect the rights of those who are the subjects of psychologists' work.

The environment in which a person is immersed, the society in which he finds himself, and his own desires all play a role in shaping his actions, attitudes, and outcomes. "The challenges of contemporary psychology are related to the enormous social dynamics, which sets other requirements for the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the individual," said Stoyu Nedin, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Society of Psychologists in Bulgaria.

Nedin remarked that this weekend will see a Congress at which many exciting psychological studies will be presented. He cited studies that had looked specifically at Facebook as an illustration. Nedin noted that the study's sample size is small and that it is not representative, but that the findings need further investigation. It looks at how chatting on Facebook may change the dynamic between friends.

"The conclusion is that they lead to a distancing of the closeness between already established friendships," Nedin said.

Prof. Sonia Karabelova, head of the philosophy faculty at SU "St. Kliment Ohridski," noted that digital postmodernism is a key theme in the reports that has an impact on the vast majority of psychologists.

People's mental health can be badly impacted by their excessive use of the internet, social media, and other forms of virtual space. The impact is greatest among young adults who are currently without significant others and who report increased feelings of isolation as a result. However, research shows that young women and particularly those who spend too much time online are more vulnerable to developing anxiety as a result of their online habits. Long-term effects, such as sadness and a lack of movement in front of screens, are exacerbated, as indicated by Prof. Karabelova. In the context of a news conference titled "Challenges before modern psychology - results of empirical and theoretical research," she made the above remarks. /BGNES