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Viewing Facebook Profile of Self can Enhance Self-esteem

by Savitha C Muppala on June 4, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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 Viewing Facebook Profile of Self can Enhance Self-esteem

A recent study has pointed out that Facebook profiles that portray a version of self can have a positive impact on psychological state and influence behavior.

Using an Implicit Association Test, Catalina Toma, a UW-Madison assistant professor of communication arts, evaluated Facebook users' self-esteem after they spent time viewing their profiles. Toma decided to use the Implicit Association Test as the possibility of faking is almost negligible.

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The test pointed out that just five minutes of examining their Facebook profiles helped boost self-esteem.

"If you have high self-esteem, then you can very quickly associate words related to yourself with positive evaluations but have a difficult time associating words related to yourself with negative evaluations," Toma says. "But if you have low self-esteem, the opposite is true."

"Our culture places great value on having high self-esteem. For this reason, people typically inflate their level of self-esteem in self-report questionnaires," she says. "The Implicit Association Test removes this bias."



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