How Facebook Boosts Your Mental & Emotional Health

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On your birthday, you will never receive as many well wishes as you do from your Facebook friends. It helps that they have a little reminder at the top of your screen that lets them know, but it’s the thought that counts right? How does that make you feel when people take the time to post “Happy Birthday!” on your wall? Be honest, it feels good.

Experiments were conducted on 88 Cornell University undergraduate students. The results concluded that Facebook profiles offered the students some reassurance about their self-worth because the profiles allow them to express themselves as they want to be seen. They can write the best things that happened during their day, such as getting a great grade on an exam, or find a relationship with someone. When these thoughts are posted, Facebook friends like them, comment on them and take a general interest in them. These results were published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the March edition.

Most people think that Facebook is a time waster and that people lose out on real life because they are too busy posting on their wall, liking friends statuses, or commenting on other people’s lives. This research shows that Facebook should not be seen in a negative light, for the most part, as it is a great outlet for people and can really boost their self-confidence and self-worth. When people are posting about their great day, they are proud of their accomplishments and are not afraid to show it off.

Jeff Hancock, a co-author of the Cornell study says that when people view their Facebook profile it reassures them that they are a good person and reinforces that they have many friends and family who love them. It is an emotional boost for millions, so how can that be a bad thing?

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