Apart from boosting the confidence of people on websites, social networking sites such as Facebook are supportive in making them feel 'good' about themselves, reveals study.
According to a University of Georgia study, the 526 million people who log on to Facebook every day might be boosting their self-esteem in the process.
Brittany Gentile, a UGA doctoral candidate who studied the effects of social networks on self-esteem and narcissism, along with UGA psychology professor Keith Campbell and San Diego State University professor Jean Twenge, asked college students to either edit their social networking page on MySpace or Facebook or to use Google Maps.
The research found that those who edited their MySpace page later scored higher on a measure of narcissism, while those who spent time on their Facebook page scored higher on self-esteem.
According to the news release, MySpace reported 115 million active users participating in the experiment in 2008, while Facebook users participated in 2011. On both MySpace and Facebook, students scoring higher in narcissism reported having more friends on the site.
A total of 151 students, aged 18-22, completed the Narcissistic Personality Inventory as a part of the study.