Previous studies have shown that Facebook can lead to depression, but a recent study claims otherwise. Which is true? At this point, whichever you want to believe!
A Cornell University study suggests that Facebook is a fool-proof way to get a quick ego boost.
The study found that students who were on Facebook before the questionnaire had a more positive outlook about themselves than students who did not. What’s more, students who made a change to their profile gave themselves the highest positive feedback.
How does this work? How can browsing our Facebook page boost our ego and self-esteem?
According to the researchers, we build our Facebook page to present the best versions of ourselves to the world. When we scan our profile, we remind ourselves of this version as opposed to the more realistic, and possibly less positive, versions of ourselves.
Translation: We convince ourselves, (as temporary as it may be), that we are the person we portray to the outside world.
On Facebook (or even in public), we don’t openly display our insecurities, flaws or imperfections; we display our best pictures, our positive thoughts and all of the interests and things that make us the most happy.