If latest estimates are to be believed, up to 48 per cent of Emiratis are involved in the extensive use of social media. These estimates also lead to the conclusion that a majority of residents in the UAE who are from other nationalities, also indulge in the widespread use of social media. This is a trend that could see dangerous consequences that may be detrimental enough to affect emotional development, especially in young children.
Experts are of the opinion that even children who have not yet reached their teenage years are succumbing to the addiction of social media. This may lead to long-lasting damages and may even call the need for adequate treatment. Spending too much time on social media platforms, gaming websites and other apps can cause significant lapses in emotional development. Recent studies have also established an undeniable connection between overuse of social media and maladies like anxiety, depression and chronic insomnia.
Experts say that parents of young children would be well advised to be more aware of what constitutes deviant behavior when it comes to use of social media and urged them to take preemptive measures to nip it in the bud. Limiting the exposure of children to the Internet gives them the opportunity to delve into other more healthy aspects of learning like developing hobbies and nurturing friendships.