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Facebook users, losers

Postby Muhammad Mahdi » 26 Sep 2010, 09:46

Most Facebook users have low self-esteem: Study

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/intern ... 625076.ece

Facebook is used mostly by narcissists and those with low self-esteem, says a Canadian study.

These type of people use Facebook as a self-promotional tool, says psychology researcher Soraya Mehdizadeh of York University.

Mehdizadeh, who extensively examined the online habits and personalities of 100 Facebook users aged 18 to 25 years old, found that individuals higher in narcissism and lower in self-esteem spent more time on the site and filled their pages with more self-promotional content.

“We all know people like this. They are updating their status every five minutes and the photos they post are very carefully construed,” she says.

“The question is, are these really accurate representations of the individual or are they merely a projection of who the individual wants to be?”

Mehdizadeh says she was struck by the fact that those with lower self-esteem were more apt to use this social networking tool.

As part of her research, she examined five features of participants’ Facebook pages for self-promotion: the ‘about me’ section, the main photo, the first 20 pictures on the ‘view photos of me’ section, notes, and status updates.

Describing self-promotion by Facebook users as any descriptive or visual information that attempted to persuade others about one’s own positive qualities, Mehdizadeh assessed facial expression (striking a pose or making a face) and picture enhancement (using photo editing software) in the main photo and ‘view photos of me’ sections.

Further, she examined the use of positive adjectives, self-promoting mottos, and metaphorical quotes in the ‘about me’ section. Self-promotion in the notes section could include posting results from Facebook applications including ‘my celebrity look-alikes,’ which compares a photo of the user to celebrities, or vain online quiz results.

After this, she used the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale to measure participants’ self-esteem. Narcissism was assessed by using the Narcissism Personality Inventory, according to a university release.

From the gender perspective, Mehdizadeh says she found that men displayed more self-promotional content in the ‘about me’ and notes sections, whereas women demonstrated more self-promotion in the main photo section.

“I thought this was an interesting way to apply theoretical paradigms in psychology to online self-presentation, which is still a fairly new concept,” says the Canadian researcher.

“I believe the next question to be answered is whether or not the use of such websites could be used to improve one’s self-esteem and overall sense of well-being. This sort of finding may have great implications in the lives of the socially anxious or depressed,” according to the researcher.

The study has been published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking.
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Re: Facebook users, losers

Postby Esm'ail » 15 Oct 2010, 13:57

Asalamalaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
As much as I hate to agree, but what is mentioned in the article is very true at most people. But the problem doesn't lie with facebook, but the people as usual. Facebook by itself can be used as a good tool for sending positive messages but its the whole fact it has originated from the west, therefore carrying its culture with it.
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Re: Facebook users, losers

Postby Moonbeam » 06 Dec 2010, 02:26

It kinda makes sense, that people of low self esteem would be the highest users. As i see it, mostly people tend to put up pictures of themselves in the best possible ways, and responding to the positive comments for the pics. Its like seeking constant reassurance perhaps that they are after all not bad looking or whatever it is that they are seeking?

Or then is it trying to look up who is doing what, where, how etc and comparing your life with them and trying to eventually show off that you are also better off? This is apparent from the way people put up pics of events that took place, or vacations taken etc...
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Re: Facebook users, losers

Postby Brother in Islam » 06 Dec 2010, 14:50

Facebook as a social tool like all social tools has its advantages and disadvantages and the article posted is looking at the disadvantages... Facebook can be used for a lot of positive things such as catching up with a long lost family member or meeting new friends, getting invited to various discussions which will help one to further develop themselves...so if people use it for the right reasons then facebook is an excellent tool....however if not then.....
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Re: Facebook users, losers

Postby Muhammad Mahdi » 13 Feb 2011, 04:25

Facebook has over 500m users. I wonder, are there so many people out there with low self-esteem? Why? :confused:
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