A new study has come out and pretty much negated every other Facebook study that's ever been done. Kind of. This new research shows that Facebook actually makes you like yourself better. And we're not talking silly thumbs-up like here; we're talking actually like. As in not hate yourself. Weird.
Catalina Toma, who led the team for the study, which is called "Self-Affirmation Underlies Facebook Use," said: "Most have a very large audience of friends and they selectively present the best version of self, but they do so in an accurate manner. We had people look at their own profiles for five minutes and found that they experienced a boost in self-esteem in a deep, unconscious level."
I guess when you think about it that way -- people post awesome photos of themselves doing awesome things onto Facebook and their "friends" like it -- it makes sense. If you take a step back and look at your profile and your network for a study, it's almost as if you're looking at someone else's life, no? You're perusing a "best version of yourself" reel and, at the same time, seeing your friends build you up. What's not to love?
I'm glad that some people do get a burst of self-esteem after being on Facebook. We all know there are plenty of people who wind up feeling the opposite after being on the site. But I'm not sure how accurate this test is. Looking at your own profile for five minutes for a study is much different than perusing your entire newsfeed while sitting at a job you don't really like.
Somehow, I don't think, with the latter, one would wind up feeling super confident afterward. But that's just one person's opinion.
Does Facebook give you confidence?
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