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article imageStudy: Facebook boosts self-esteem

By Owen Weldon     Jun 3, 2013 in Internet
According to researchers, spending a few minutes looking at one's profile on Facebook may raise a person's self-esteem.
According to Fox, the downside is that taking a peek at someone's Facebook profile may reduce their ambition to excel.
According to ABC, the study was conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin. Catalina Toma, who led the study, said that many people have a very large audience of friends on Facebook and the best version of themselves are presented. Toma said that they found that some people took a look at their own profiles for about five minutes and they ended up experiencing a boost in self-esteem in a deep level.
According to Yahoo, Toma did say that this particular study does not mean that Facebook is dragging down college students' grades, and that more research is needed to examine the psychological effects of other activities that people do on Facebook, such as viewing other users' profiles.
There has been previous research that showed that looking at others' profiles could have some ego-deflating effects, even if a person's own Facebook profile acts like a magical mirror.
A 2010 study found "people with lower self-esteem were more likely to spend more than an hour a day on Facebook," as Scientific American reports.
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