Study: Facebook addicts may have lower self-esteem

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Study: Facebook addicts may have lower self-esteem
Tue, 04-10-2012 - 10:47am

An interesting new study came out that describes Facebook addicts as having lower self-esteem.

According to CBS news "When researchers ask subjects to rank the importance of why they use Facebook, the top three reasons were: to maintain contact (88 percent), maintain their network (83 percent) and read status updates (77 percent).

One of the most interesting findings of the study was the correlation between Facebook usage and self-esteem.

"Results showed that Facebook usage had a significant negative relationship with self-esteem," researchers said in the report. "In other words, the results indicated that users who spend more time on Facebook have lower self-esteem." READ MORE

Do you agree?


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Registered: 10-12-2006
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 7:59am
i think it depends on what you use FB for and whether you take it seriously or not, like if you're using it as a substitute for socializing then it probably will hurt your self-esteem a lot more than if you're just like, "FB, whatever, who cares." i use FB all the time but only for fun, and i'd rather talk to people face-to-face than from behind a computer screen. i don't take it seriously, and i think because of that it actually boosts my self-esteem slightly.

we had a similar discussion a year or so ago - i'll see if i can find it.
Community Leader
Registered: 12-21-2001
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 7:11pm

I know little of Facebook but IMHO the Swedish study accounts