Social media changes behavior of citizens, says study

Social media changes behavior of citizens,  says study
Updated 30 March 2015

Social media changes behavior of citizens, says study

Social media changes behavior of citizens,  says study

Two Saudi researchers have suggested in a study monitoring social media websites to follow up on suspicious behavior that can affect citizens directly or indirectly.
The study, conducted on a sample of citizens in the Northern Borders Province, stated that these websites can be used to shake the security of the nation and feed extremist ideologies.
The study showed that there is a three-axis impact of social media when it comes to behavioral change: It can disrupt security, increase terrorism and lead to deviant thought. The researchers, Dr. Mohammad Al-Shamrani and Dr. Abdulsamad Marghalani, said both genders are likely to be affected and have the ability to disturb security and be affected by terrorist groups.
Taking a sample opinions of 1,000 citizens from different age groups and academic levels, they said the impact of misusing social media, since it distracts users from national issues.
Northern borders inhabitants said these websites contributed to the formation of groups that target the national security, which led researchers to confirm that social media is used negatively and for unlawful reasons, even though it may also contribute to increase awareness and fight extremist thought.
The research sample also asked whether the nation’s children contributed willingly in achieving the goals of terrorist groups, and if respondents believe conspiracies are implemented through social media.
Survey respondents answered there is clear evidence that these groups have the ability to involve community members in their operations, and they might lure them gradually toward their extremist thoughts.