Low Self-Esteem? Avoid Facebook!

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According to a theory, facebook might be beneficial for those who have low self esteem. For improving friendships, people consider that sharing is very important. But the fact is that individuals start behaving counterproductively when they start bombarding their friends about every negative tit bit of their lives. This makes them less likeable, as per a research by Association of Psychological Science.

Researchers say that they initially thought that facebook is really great for the individuals to strengthen their relationships, says a graduate student, Amanda Forest, from the University of Waterloo. She then, along with her advisor Joanne Wood wrote the study again. These two researchers are really interested about self esteem and how it impacts the various emotions of individuals which they express very often. Individuals who have low self esteem often find it difficult to share face to face so they make use of facebook.

In a study, Wood and Forest questioned students as how they feel when they interact at facebook. Students who had low self esteem felt that facebook helped them connect with various other individuals and they perceive it as a safe place which diminishes their awkwardness in social situations. The researchers also studied what the students actually wrote or updated on facebook. They then asked the students to list their last 10 updates which were visible to their friends also.

Then each set of update was rated as positive and negative. These updates wee then rated by a coder as how much they liked the individual who updated that status. Individuals who had low self esteem got maximum responses from their friends at facebook, whenever they updated anything which was positive, compared to the negative ones. On the other hand individuals with high self – esteem, got more responses when they updated something which was negative.

However, in a separate article published at around the same time last year, it was said that Facebook helped increase a person’s self-esteem. The article was featured in Psychology Today and said that the highest reports of self-esteem came from participants who also edited their Facebook profile during that time. These results indicate that specifically our ability to select how we present our selves to others is very important to self-esteem. When users edit their profile on Facebook, they can select exactly what information they want to reveal and remove any information that would reflect negatively. “Unlike a mirror, which reminds us of who we really are and may have a negative effect on self-esteem if that image does not match with our ideal, Facebook can show a positive version of ourselves,” explains Jeffery Hancock, co-author of the study. “We’re not saying that it’s a deceptive version of self, but it’s a positive one.”

 


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