Need a Mood Cure? Facebook Makes us Better!

sad faceA new report on mashable is every parent’s nightmare and every teen’s joy!  Proof that Facebook is good for you!  The research shows that spending time on Facebook can be a satisfying and rewarding experience making us feel good by massaging our self esteem and our egos. This research has been conducted by Jeff Hancock, Cornell Professor of Communication and Computer and Information Science and an Assistant Professor Catalina Toma at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“The extraordinary amount of time people spend on Facebook may be a reflection of its ability to satisfy ego needs that are fundamental to the human condition.” he said.

“To prove this, Hancock and Toma, examined how participants reacted to negative feedback they received after giving a speech. In two separate experiments, after receiving negative feedback, participants not only were more likely to check their own Facebook profiles, but were also less defensive after doing so.”

“As a widely available, everyday source of self-affirmation, Facebook appears to be a useful instrument in people’s efforts to preserve self-worth and self-integrity,” said Hancock.  happy face

This article first appeared on mashable

Read more: Feeling Down? Facebook Improves Self-Esteem.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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