Not Being Honest On Social Media Might Be Bad For Your Health

Do you find yourself stressing out when you’re using Instagram or Facebook? It’s a choir and you’re wondering why you even have it in your life if it causes you so much grief. It might just be because you aren’t being honest to yourself on the platform.

In a new article The Psychological Benefits of Being Authentic on Facebook by Grieve Rachel and Watkinson Jarrah they point out that “Having others acknowledge and validate one’s true self is associated with better psychological health.”

Existing researching on the subject of how “real” we act online is greatly skewed towards us being totally fake. So does that mean that we should feel pretty awful? Well, yes actually.

What the study found was that a better coherence between the true self and the Facebook self was associated with better social connectedness and less stress.

164 Participants in the study completed a personality assessment once as their true self and once as the self they present on Facebook (Facebook self), as well as measures of social connectedness, subjective well-being, depression, anxiety, and stress.

What the study found was that a better coherence between the true self and the Facebook self was associated with better social connectedness and less stress.

This study isn’t pointing out that social media is evil though, quite the opposite. “Anxiety about potential judgment can block the true self from emerging in face-to-face interactions,10particularly when individuals are self-conscious and fear that others will judge their true self unfavorably.”

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“Social networking sites such as Facebook afford individuals who feel uncomfortable in face-to-face situations the opportunity to communicate with others within a more accessible social medium and permit users to have greater control over the way in which they present themselves.”

“Furthermore, as Facebook is an asynchronous environment, users are afforded greater time to communicate with others in a measured way, thus allowing them to craft posts and responses as they feel is required.”

“That the true self can emerge (and be validated) in cyberspace represents a substantial step forward in self-psychology.”

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