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