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"How using Facebook could raise your risk of cancer"

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How using Facebook could raise your risk of cancer

Social networking sites such as Facebook could raise your risk of serious health problems by reducing levels of face-to-face contact, a doctor claims.

Emailing people rather than meeting up with them may have wide-ranging biological effects, said psychologist Dr Aric Sigman.

Increased isolation could alter the way genes work and upset immune responses, hormone levels and the function of arteries. It could also impair mental performance.

This could increase the risk of problems as serious as cancer, strokes, heart disease and dementia, Dr Sigman says in Biologist, the journal of the Institute of Biology.

Social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook allow people to keep in touch with friends over the web.

They can swap pictures, play games and leave messages which explain how their day is going.

But even though they are designed to bring people together, Dr Sigman said they were actually playing a significant role in people becoming more isolated.

Research suggested that the number of hours people spent speaking to others face-to-face had fallen dramatically since 1987 as the use of electronic media increased.

Interacting 'in person' had effects on the body not seen when writing emails, Dr Sigman claimed. Levels of hormones such as the 'cuddle chemical' oxytocin, which promotes bonding, altered according to whether people were in close contact or not.

'There does seem to be a difference between "real presence" and the virtual variety,' Dr Sigman added.

Some genes, including ones involved with the immune system and responses to stress, acted differently according to how much social interaction a person had with others.

Dr Sigman added: 'Social networking sites should allow us to embellish our social lives, but what we find is very different.

'It's not that I'm old fashioned in terms of new technology, but its purpose should be to provide a tool that enhances our lives.'

Dr Sigman told the Press Association: 'Social networking is the internet's biggest growth area, particular among young children.

'A quarter of British children have a laptop or computer in their room by the age of five and they have their own social networking sites, like the BBC's myCBBC. It's causing huge changes.'

Studies had shown that children taught via video broadcasts or DVDs did not learn as well as they did when given lessons by a real teacher.

Dr Sigman said 209 'socially regulated' genes had been identified, including ones involved in the immune system, cell proliferation and responses to stress.

Their activity may account for higher rates of inflammatory disease and other health problems seen in socially isolated individuals.

Electronic media was also undermining the ability of children and young people to learn vital social skills and read body language, said Dr Sigman.

'One of the most pronounced changes in the daily habits of British citizens is a reduction in the number of minutes per day that they interact with another human being,' he said.

'In less than two decades, the number of people saying there is no one with whom they discuss important matters nearly tripled.

'Parents spend less time with their children than they did only a decade ago. Britain has the lowest proportion of children in all of Europe who eat with their parents at the table. The proportion of people who work at home alone continues to rise.

'I am worried about where this is all leading.

'Social networking sites should allow us to embellish our social lives, but what we find is very different. The tail is wagging the dog. These are not tools that enhance, they are tools that displace.’

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89 comments to “Headline Of The Week Weak”

  1. 1

    picking your ass also causes cancer

  2. 2

    ok so everything causes cancer, great

  3. 3

    really. lol

  4. 4

    wow, cutting edge gossip again today! can you stop fucking the dog long enough to go steal some real gossip from another site?

    Major Dita Ga-Ga Dude

  5. 5

    Yo P, this fucking site should carry a health warning!

  6. 6

    omg. wow.

  7. 7

    I guess the same could be said for people who use this website, too…

  8. gsc says – reply to this


    whats your problem with facebook..?? I dont leave in my country and thanks to facebook im still a part of my friends daily life

  9. 9

    Great Perez we get it. Facebook sucks, Lady GaGa rules. This is getting kind of frustrating.

  10. 10


  11. 11

    did you make that up Mario? …its bullshit….

  12. 12

    What a joke.

  13. 13

    I use facebook and other social networking sites, and I dont have cancer!!!!

  14. 14

    33rd - My Space rules

  15. 15

    And reading your shitty posts may increase your chances of Gayness.

  16. 16

    if this is really true, i am fucked

  17. 17

    Whacktastic. I smoke,drink and party my ass off, I not worried about how MySpace will affect my health, lol. Get a life nerds.

  18. 18

    I don't even use facebook that much.

  19. 19

    Re: Mike_Rotch – So glad this was the first comment I read all day!

  20. Catt says – reply to this


    Breaking News: Worrying about getting Cancer may cause Cancer!

  21. 21

    ahhh enough with facebook already…

  22. 22

    Re: Big Black Dick – You sir. Are a genius.

  23. 23

    lol this is so true

  24. 24

    I read somewhere My Space causes pregnancy….even in men.

  25. 25

    you suck

  26. 26

    And posts like this greatly increase your chances of gettin' a fist in the ass Mario!

  27. Sonas says – reply to this


    Too long..

  28. mdchi says – reply to this


    oh please- people aren't eliminating face to face friends. They are just keeping in touch with those they never saw anyways!

  29. 29

    i'm pretty sure facebook is the last thing on the list of things we do that can cause cancer

  30. 30

    I'm a Facebook user and I guess this guys is right

  31. JUC says – reply to this


    I hope your site doesn't do this! I live for it…… ;-P

  32. 32

    What the fuck Perez…are you being paid off by MySpace or something??? Ugh…I've already dispelled your shit in two earlier posts about this. You just sound stupid now…

  33. 33

    I agree with Cheeky 77..

    blogging can cause cancer.

  34. aj says – reply to this


    You sit in front of the computer all day pork pie. better get screened

  35. aj says – reply to this


    Re: LizardKinG – hahahaha

  36. 36

    but i love facebook!!

  37. 37

    Everything causes cancer now days.

  38. 38

    Not true…I still have as many face-to-face contacts as ever. I am thrilled by the addition of on-line contact with long-lost friends, though.

  39. 39

    being gay causes cancer, too, right?

  40. 40

    someone's gotta complain about everything

  41. 41

    har har har har this is sooo bullsh!t!!! how ridiculous!

  42. 42

    Bull crap! The only thing these social networks can do for you is increase your ass size.

  43. 43

    thats fucking stupid. i go on facebook all the time but i also go out and interact with real people on a regular basis. they need to stop making these stupid headlines to get attention.
    technically then perezhilton.com causes cancer as well, and i don't even get the benefit of interacting with my friends.

  44. 44

    Perez. You are precious, and I adore you…But it pains me to say you are going way too far with your grudge against FaceSpace. I mean, honestly. This is ridiculous, digging deep for that one insane article that somehow "proves" that Facebook is not only the devil for covering their own asses as far as legalities go, now you're going to say it can give you cancer? I'll bet whomever is responsible for the medical facts presented in this article (Dr. Sigman?) has a lot of colleagues that believe he is a total and utter quack. Super lame.

  45. 45

    BLah Blah Blah, everything in this world causes cancer you go out side you get cancer you eat pizza=cancer, drink coffee=cancer go on the computer cancer.
    if facebook causes cancer i guess this site does too…..

  46. 46

    Re: Catt – Ha ha ha! This is the best comment as far as I am concerned, and true!

  47. 47

    Soon we wont be able to move without getting some kind of serious illness!!!!!

  48. 48

    this is bull shit

  49. 49

    That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard

  50. 50

    Whatever…I'm always on FaceBook. I even have FB mobile and I WON"T stop!! LOL

  51. 51

    What did FACEBOOK do that made you so mad?

    I'm taking from the article that sitting online is the bigger problem - no matter where it is that you are getting your fix. There are people who like to spend a lot of time chatting on facebook, there are also people who are regulars here - on perezhilton - and chat back and forth — not to mention MySpace or even the MSN comment boards that have regulars.

    Any internet site can become something that too much time is spent on. There are probably just as many people with an unhealthy obsession with this site as there are with facebook. Better advise us all NOT to visit your site…. for the good of our health and all.

  52. 52

    what the fuck ever.

  53. 53

    Thing is, that because of facebook I have reconnected with alot of lost friends and we meet up regularly to have coffe, dinner go to shows…etc. So without facebook I would have an increased risk of cancer I guess.

  54. 54

    The damn earth has cancer.

  55. 55


  56. 56

    This has to be one of the stupidest articles I've read in a long time, and it's not because I don't agree with it.

    I hate it when newspapers publish speculative bullshit like this and call it science. Doe Facebook give me cancer? Show me the little tumors in my body shaped like Mark Zuckerberg's face or the little poke finger. Then I'll believe it.

  57. 57

    gahh i'm going to get cancer!! i'm online CONSTANTLY!!

  58. 58


  59. 59

    this guy needs to get a facebook.

  60. 60

    My god. Everything always leads to a death wish somehow. So NOW using the internet, I will get cancer, going out in the sun, Opps there pops Up cancer.
    We might as well live in a Box.

  61. 61

    that is so outlandish and idiotic.

  62. Dita says – reply to this


    Just posted this to my FB page, lol.

  63. 63

    Who gives a shit?
    So you get a disease, woops.
    Move on and shut up.

  64. 64

    This guy needs to cite his sources. There isn't really any research that supports the assumption that social sites limit face to face social interaction. The latest studies are actually showing the opposite, they facilitate it. Cross sections of computer user demographics show them to be essentially the same as the general population. Not fatter, more isolated or any of that. You could just as accurately say that being single causes cancer since married folks tend to get each other seen to and tend to live longer. This article is total bullshit.

  65. 65

  66. 66

    what can u use tht wnt cause cancer?

  67. 67

    geez, what doesnt cause cancer these days??

  68. 68

    Um, why rag on facebook and myspace then? WOW and other online RPGs are MUCH MUCH bigger time-suckers, guys stay up all night playing that crap.

  69. 69

    bull shit!!

  70. 70

    um you could say the same about this site, or myspace, youtube, any social networking website. even saynow, eharmony..anything on the internet really. Thats a load of shit..and whatever you have against facebook is effed up because i think its a great way to communicate with my family and friends from around the world that i never get to see.

  71. 71

    wtf? oh yeah, and reading too many magazines causes cancer, too.

  72. 72

    On that note…Perez Hilton causes cancer too right? Same line of logic…the internet is the cause of CAncer!

  73. 73

    blogging causes cancer too, so you're screwed Perez!

  74. 74

    oh what a crock of shit, next it will be picking my nose or having stinky pits will cause cancer, jeeezus

  75. 75

    Nowadays EVERYTHING causes cancer!
    Doctors keep on reporting stupid stuff so we get freakinly scared… when you have to die you just die…
    I don't see how facebooking is any different from blogging or posting comments on Piggy Hilton… if this truly causes cancer then the whole internet thing causes cancer too… so what should we do? not use internet anymore??? yeah right!
    Instead of researching on this things they should make the docs take psych tests so we make sure not another octo-doc is out there implanting dumbass's…

  76. 76


  77. 77

    You really are trying too hard to prove that facebook is evil … It's at this point that you should just give up. Facebook and youtube will continue to dominate the interwebs … that, and porn of course.

  78. 78

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    Fraternity and sorority members log-on to GREEKBOOK TODAY


  79. 79

    omg there reaching now cause apparently everything causes cancer and the only difference to like 50 years ago is that no body knew and today no body cares

  80. 80

    Fuck people.

  81. 81

    Facebook is killing us slowly and taking over the world
    LMAO, I guess we should just get rid of the internet altogether

  82. 82

    and What, Perez? You're the healthy pill? People in glass houses…..

  83. PHOTO says – reply to this



  84. 84

    Does breathing cause cancer too?
    Everything causes cancer nowadays.
    I'm surprised I haven't been diagnosed yet.
    Whenever they come up with a new thing that causes cancer, it always happens to be something that I overuse/overdo. It's ridiculous. So checking my facebook and myspace is now like suicide. I'm giving myself cancer. IDGAF. I gotta check my Myspace and Facebook. Psh. Cancer my ASS.

  85. 85

    dewd…that's shitty to single out Facebook for this like you did before the jump…that's some bully pulpit-vendetta punk journalism…I don't like what Facebook has attempted either with their user agreement…But you're a good guy, don't lower yourself to that…It's not fair.

  86. 86

    If Facebook steals my stuff it will cause THEM cancer.

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  88. 88

    everything causes cancer these days..

  89. 89

    Facebook causes cancer? that's fucked. Hey Perez, I heard being a fag causes aids