Posting lies on Facebook and Twitter can make people actually believe their fibs and can lead to paranoia and memory problems, found a new study.
According to a poll by online diary site Pencourage, two-thirds of web users fib on their online profiles and a fifth of people between 18 and 24 admitted that their profiles had no similarity to reality, the independent reported.
The study showed that when people make things up on social media, they fell like they have to live up to their portrayed life, potentially causing strain, leading to personal problems.
3 out 10 users said that they couldn't live up to the portrayed image and 1 in 6 people said that their memory of events described on their profile was compromised.
Psychologist Richard Sherry said that the desire to present the best version of yourself is understandable but can bring with it problems.
Commenting on the study psychologist Richard Sherry said that it was understandable that people wanted to appear better on their social profiles, but it had a dark side, as "we deeply lose ourselves or negate what authentically and compassionately feels to be 'us', to the degree that we no longer recognize the experience, our voice, the memory or even the view of ourselves."
"When this starts to happen, feelings of guilt and distaste towards ourselves can create a cognitive trap of alienation and possibly even a sense of disconnection and paranoia," Sherry added.