If you’re feeling down, you might want to check your Facebook page, because your Facebook wall is good for your ego, according to a new study in the journal Cyberpsychology.
Researchers at Cornell University asked a group of volunteers to wait in the school’s Social Media Lab. Half of them were allowed to spend 3 minutes on Facebook. The other half weren’t. Then, everyone was given a questionnaire designed to measure their self-esteem.
The result: Those who checked their Facebook pages had higher self-esteem scores than those who didn’t. And those who used the time to edit their page – and add comments or posts - had the highest scores of all.
Why? Amy Gonzales was the lead author of the study. And she says the boost is caused by a phenomenon called selective presentation. To put it simply, people tend to put a positive spin on whatever information they post on Facebook, and most of the feedback they get is overwhelmingly supportive.
And it’s a two-way street. A separate study done by the University of California found that making a positive comment on a friend’s Facebook page improved both people’s moods.
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