In the study, 60-three students either looked at Facebook, a mirror, or nothing for three minutes. The Facebook group was only allowed to surf their pages and tabs, not their friends’.
After, each student took a self-esteem questionnaire. Those who surfed Facebook reported having higher self-esteem. There was no self-esteem change for the other groups.
“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,” says one of the researchers. “We’re not saying that it’s a deceptive version of self, but it’s a positive one.”
Fast Company points out that many sites probably boost self-esteem. The researchers say they plan to further explore if all media in general makes us happier. They also are doing more research to find out which Facebook feature (photos, wall comments, etc), has the greatest positive impact.
For more on the study, head over to Fast Company >>
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