Logan Annisette, a psychologist at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, who led the research, said the moral impacts he and his team had seen could also have widespread implications.
Writing in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, the report said: ‘Frequent use of ultra-brief social media is associated with negative effects on the user’s use of reflective thought and some indicators of compromised moral judgment.
‘This can potentially lead to a decline in academic performance and increased difficulty in the formation of social relationships – two extremely important tasks for teenagers and young adults, the age groups that text and use social media to the greatest degree.’
Social media users studied were much less likely to engage in reflective thoughts about their actions and the world around them.
More generally there are concerns that excessive use of sites and apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram encourages negative personality traits such as narcissism, insecurity and compulsive behaviour.
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