London: More than half of the parents in Britain think excessive use of social media is hampering their children’s moral development, findings of a British poll conducted recently have revealed.
According to the poll conducted by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham, only 15 per cent of parents thought that popular social media websites such as Facebook provided a positive influence on a young person’s character.
The team of researchers found that 40 per cent of parents were “concerned” or “extremely concerned” about the negative and potentially harmful impact of social media.
“There are some surprising findings in the poll, not the least the low level of agreement that social media enhance or support a young person’s character or moral development,” lead researcher Dr Blaire Morgan said in a university statement.
According to the report, which was released Saturday, 24 per cent of the respondents said forgiveness and self-control were the qualities that were least present in them, followed by honesty (21 per cent), fairness (20 per cent) and humility (18 per cent).
“Sixty percent of parents named anger and hostility as the most negative trait displayed, followed by arrogance (51 per cent), ignorance (43 per cent), bad judgment (41 per cent) and hatred (36 per cent),” the report noted.
(With agency inputs)