Facebook users let secrets out

New Zealand Herald:

What you post, comment on and say on Facebook reveals more about your self-esteem than you perhaps realise, psychologists say.

In theory, the social networking website seems beneficial for people with low self-esteem, giving them the opportunity to share experiences, thoughts and likes with other users.

But a North American study found that, in practice, those with low self-esteem tended to behave counterproductively, bombarding their online friends with “negative tidbits” about their lives and making themselves less likeable.

The University of Waterloo study, published in the journal Psychological Science, aimed to explore self-esteem and how it affected online behaviour.

People with low self-esteem were often uncomfortable sharing face-to-face, but Facebook made it possible to share remotely, the study suggested.

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