TUESDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Using Facebook can be bad
for people with low self-esteem, a new study suggests.
Canadian researchers found people with low self-esteem deluge
their Facebook friends with negative details about their lives,
which makes them less likeable.
The findings, published online Feb. 7 in the journal
Psychological Science, were unexpected, according to the researchers.
Many people with low self-esteem are uncomfortable sharing their
thoughts and feelings face-to-face, but Facebook enables them to do
this remotely, explained study author Amanda Forest, a graduate
student at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario.
"We had this idea that Facebook could be a really fantastic place for people to strengthen their relationships," Forest said in a journal news release.
However, while people with low self-esteem may feel safer making
personal disclosures on Facebook, doing so may actually cause them
"If you're talking to somebody in person and you say something, you might get some indication that they don't like it, that they're sick of hearing your negativity," Forest said.
But when people have a negative reaction to a post on Facebook,
they tend to keep it to themselves.
"On Facebook, you don't see most of the reactions," Forest said.
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