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Facebook Boosts Your Self-Esteem

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the friend-request-yourself dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Using Facebook can increase your self-esteem, according to a new study from Cornell University researchers, published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Researchers Amy Gonzales and Jeffrey Hancock conducted the experiment with three groups of 21 students each in the university's Social Media Lab. The first one was the control group, which sat in front of blank computer screens for three minutes. The second group of individuals had mirrors propped up against their computer monitors and spent their three minutes looking at their own reflections. The third group was allowed to surf their own Facebook profiles and its associated tabs for the allotted time. At the end, all three groups were given a self-esteem questionnaire."

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Firsst Post! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370470)

This blank comments page boosts my self esteem considerably.

Re:Firsst Post! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370640)

You know what else boosts self esteem?

A handjob.

Re:Firsst Post! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370738)

You mean self-stream

Re:Firsst Post! (2)

ProfessionalCookie (673314) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371458)

Actually maybe staring at a blank screen for more than a few seconds, or staring at yourself, lowers your self esteem. Maybe facebook is just the baseline.

Doing something increases your self-esteem (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370472)

They should have had a group surfing the web, but not using Facebook.

Re:Doing something increases your self-esteem (3, Insightful)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370546)

Yeah this is a pretty unscientific study. Disappointing from Cornell.

Re:Doing something increases your self-esteem (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371734)

Yeah this is a pretty unscientific study. Disappointing from Cornell.

Come now, you're dissing this 'must read' journal [liebertpub.com] :

The journal is a "must read" for psychologists; sociologists; designers and developers of internet technology, mobile devices, and online and virtual games; business executives; educators, and opinion leaders interested in the effects of interactive technologies. The journal’s expanded coverage explores the impact of Social networks, Internet, multi-media, and virtual reality on behavior and society.

I mean, it was peer reviewed! Scientific Goodness! Truth, justice and the American Way! This will change everything! While not bothering to read TFA, I would wager there is a p value or two thrown about in an intellectual manner.

/snark attack OFF

Sounds like another publication to feed the ever expanding appetite for junk 'science'. Grr. I'm just going to crawl back in bed until it's time for my noonday meds.

Re:Doing something increases your self-esteem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370554)

Exactly. This study is bogus.

I don't want to stare at myself for 3 minutes... I'd rather stare at cute girls.

If they had a fourth group surfing porn for 3 minutes, I bet their self esteem would be higher than the facebook surfers.

Re:Doing something increases your self-esteem (1)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370602)

How exactly do you rate self esteem? Also, I wouldn't say that my self esteem changes from minute to minute unless something crazy happens.... Like a girl telling me I'm cute or hot. Hey! It could happen!

Re:Doing something increases your self-esteem (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370712)

Only if you pay them, only if you pay...

Re:Doing something increases your self-esteem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35372144)

Don't underestimate the power of Booze.

Re:Doing something increases your self-esteem (1)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370658)

Isn't this like finding a jury for the OJ Simpson trial?

Re:Doing something increases your self-esteem (1)

sorak (246725) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371510)

I wish I had mod points. Staring at a blank surface for three minutes lowers self esteem. Staring at a mirror for three minutes lowers self esteem. I wonder how many of them spent three minutes thinking "how much am I paying to be at this school?"

Slashdot De-evolution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370476)

Slashdot in a nutshull: From Linux and Real news for nerds to Facebook minutiae and other political bullshit that does not matter.

Re:Slashdot De-evolution (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370666)

It was under "idle" and had "facebook" in the title. So clearly it was slashdot's fault that you wandered in here and then weren't interested. Reminds me of the time I went to the doctor's office, signed up for a vasectomy and then those assholes gave me a vasectomy!

The Hippocratic oath in a nutshell: from "do no harm" to "rob me of my vas defrens."

Do something. Feel better. (4, Insightful)

michaelwv (1371157) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370478)

Doing something remotely productive increases your self-esteem.

Re:Do something. Feel better. (2)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370512)

Doing something remotely productive increases your self-esteem.

So does posting on slashdot.

Re:Do something. Feel better. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370520)

Doing something remotely productive increases your self-esteem.

You call being on Facebook "remotely productive"?

I'll bet everyone here on Slashdot one hundred billion dollars and personalized sharks with laser beams that this study will not be able to be reproduced.

Re:Do something. Feel better. (1)

sarysa (1089739) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370572)

Oh, it's easy to reproduce. It's just an incredibly bad study.

I want to see a study of people in national parks vs. Facebook vs. MMO -- if we're lucky it'll give me hope for humanity.

Re:Do something. Feel better. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35372066)

Too bad he posted AC, had he not you could have cashed in on that money and those sharks with laser beams.

Re:Do something. Feel better. (2)

rdwulfe (890032) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370526)

It becomes debatable whether "Facebook" can be classified as something productive, however... but I would agree with you. I cannot see how sitting, staring at a blank computer monitor is a good control. Perhaps browsing normal websites not pertaining to oneself, or reading email, would be a better control. You know. NORMAL activities.

Re:Do something. Feel better. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370570)

You know, normal activities.

Group 1: use Facebook.
Group 2: look at porn.

Re:Do something. Feel better. (1)

rdwulfe (890032) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370672)

THAT would be realistic!

Re:Do something. Feel better. (1)

Asdanf (1281936) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370642)

Or maybe "sitting and staring at a blank screen for 3 minutes because your professor told you to" decreases self-esteem.

Re:Do something. Feel better. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370716)

Presumably the people have had their self esteem evaluated beforehand to eliminate such an ambiguity of interpretation. Then again, these people thought staring at a blank monitor for 3 minutes makes for a good control group.

Re:Do something. Feel better. (1)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370686)

I've found Facebook has the opposite effect (lower self esteem).

Does it only cyberincrease the cyberself-esteem.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370518)

of your cyber-self?

I don't use Facebook (3, Insightful)

tsa (15680) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370544)

I don't use Facebook. Obviously my self-esteem can not be boosted any higher.

No it doesn't (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370580)

I don't use it either.

Re:I don't use Facebook (2)

Rizimar (1986164) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370614)

So what do you do all day, then? Stare at a blank monitor or something?

Re:I don't use Facebook (2)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370696)

He trolls slashdot all day, obviously...

Well, that and downloading porn.

Re:I don't use Facebook (0)

cinderellamanson (1850702) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370710)

The TSA, is legally mandated to grope people's junk and stare at nudie pics all day, if a "customer" ever thinks the're always right you can plant a bag of weed on them and send them to guantanamo for the rest of their natural lives.

Re:I don't use Facebook (2)

tsa (15680) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370884)

Of course not, silly. I stare at my reflection in the screen of my iMac and marvel at how cool I look and how good I am.

I use LinkedIn instead (1)

jmcbain (1233044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370722)

I have a minimal Facebook account, whereas I spend much more time on LinkedIn. I really don't care about my friends' personal lives. I don't care if they like Charlie Sheen, and I don't care if their little baby is so cute. What I do care about is the following:

  • Where they went to grad school and got their PhD
  • Where they work
  • What kind of accomplishments they've had
  • How many patents they've been granted
  • etc.

Basically, I want to know if they're worth my time. LinkedIn gives me that, and more.

Re:I use LinkedIn instead (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370800)

Your definition of "friend" is tragic.

Re:I use LinkedIn instead (1)

RussellSHarris (1385323) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370808)

Friends are interested in each others' personal lives, almost by definition. If you're not, I wouldn't call those your "friends", they're more like coworkers/peers. And how on earth would their education, workplace, accomplishments, etc. change on a regular enough basis to require any significant amount of time spent in keeping up-to-date on it?

And once you've decided that someone is "worth your time", what then?

Re:I use LinkedIn instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370852)

I really don't care about my friends' personal lives [...] Basically, I want to know if they're worth my time...

There's more to friendship than the others' professional achievements and work experience, you know.

Re:I use LinkedIn instead (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370978)

Funny. I have a LinkedIn account I almost never use. Unless I plan on looking for a new job I really am not that concerned about some guy I worked with for 2 weeks 5 years ago.

I do have friends all over the world, though, and it is often difficult to keep in touch with them. Facebook makes it infinitely easier. Sure people abuse it and post way more than anybody ever cares to see but it definitely has its worth, too.

Re:I use LinkedIn instead (2)

Posting=!Working (197779) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370984)

That might be the saddest misconception of friend I've ever seen. I feel sorry for you, and even sorrier for them.

Re:I use LinkedIn instead (1)

gsslay (807818) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371072)

Let me guess; you don't have many friends.

But your reasoning is sound. Heaven forbid that you should find yourself wasting time on some sub-human plebeian without a PhD.

Re:I use LinkedIn instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35371080)

Facebook is good for people who want to record their past (images + videos etc) without writing a diary.

Re:I use LinkedIn instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35371356)

Yeah. The other night I was looking for this one particular picture of a friend, and going farther and farther back in time through the thousand or so of pictures spanning back to around six years ago, it actually started to feel slightly creepy. She was like ... 11 or 12 back then.

Re:I don't use Facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35371042)

On the other hand, for the rest of us who aren't social shut-ins, this could've been an interesting study. However it was executed quite poorly.

Not reliable (1)

Clsid (564627) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370592)

That research is flawed. It sounds like a high school project more than anything college related. This would be the equivalent of saying, we had a group that did not cross the street and one that crossed the street, therefore we conclude that people who cross the street will feel successful. The article doesn't even mention what they were asked afterwards, but hey, as the media have done in the past, if they say they have WMDs they have WMDs, screw the sources.

Re:Not reliable (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371004)

, if they say they have WMDs they have WMDs, screw the sources.

You do realize that Saddam regularly made public television broadcasts in Iraq saying he had WMD and threatening to use them if Iran attacked ... RIGHT?

No? You didn't? Perhaps you should learn a little truth before making retarded assumptions and listening to random douche bags without a clue.

Re:Not reliable (1)

sorak (246725) | more than 3 years ago | (#35372264)

, if they say they have WMDs they have WMDs, screw the sources.

You do realize that Saddam regularly made public television broadcasts in Iraq saying he had WMD and threatening to use them if Iran attacked ... RIGHT?

Citation?

Re:Not reliable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35371606)

Another genius America hater proof Slash Dot = jerk off

Self-esteem. (2)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370598)

Who gives a fuck? What esteem I hold myself in is nowhere near is pertinent as the esteem others hold me in. Being a self-involved twat engaging in pseudo-social activities on a social-networking website, where I present myself to the world in my best possible light (and often driveling endlessly about inane trivial personal thoughts and events in the hopes of getting "likes" and "fans" and "friends") is the equivalent of being a cup-stacking champion.

Now, please mod this comment down so that no sense of hypocrisy can be perceived in my spending three minutes posting on Slashdot.

Re:Self-esteem. (3, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370628)

My my... sounds like someone's Farm was left alone too long and had crop failure...

Re:Self-esteem. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370844)

Fuck your crops!

  My self esteem is dependent on how much better my farms and cities are than all my other random game playing Facebook friends.

Re:Self-esteem. (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370630)

If you have a high self esteem people will hold you in higher esteem. I am sure there have been more scientific studies on that. I am not saying to be conceited but having a positive self image is usually more attractive to people. It is actually healthier to not worry so much about what other people think about you and to not compare yourself to other people.

Re:Self-esteem. (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370756)

Pseudo-self-esteem from pseudo-social activities is not "real". Nobody thinks better of you, because you spam your facebook page with really "confident" inane trivial crap. People react to a sense of self derived from merit. From accomplishment. From personality. They see through bullshit. Further, regardless of what they taught us in public school, what you think about yourself is almost entirely irrelevant. There is an endless supply of self-assured wastes of oxygen. I'd rather be judged on my merit and accomplishments and even personality than just looking in a mirror and telling myself "gosh darn it, I love myself!" and therefore deluding myself into believing that nothing else mattered but my own opinion of self. And chances are, if I accomplish those things, I *will* feel good about myself. And posting inane garbage on Facebook to rack up friend numbers or mingle with pretend-friends online is not accomplishing anything. It's the most empty form of self-esteem.

Oh, I knew these were around somewhere:

Penn and Teller Bullshit S08E09 Self Esteem [youtube.com]
George Carlin - Self Esteem Movement [youtube.com]

Re:Self-esteem. (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370940)

You misunderstand me on two points. First I wasn't trying to validate anything about Facebook or this study. I don't believe Facebook has anything to do with self-esteem.

Second - I don't agree with the people who think self-confidence is going to save the world but I will tell you that sad saps who hate themselves aren't going to be making a whole lot of new friends. Nobody wants to hang around with Debbie Downer. And the people who have the lowest self esteem are usually too worried about thinking about if everybody likes them. People should worry more about doing things that make them happy while not harming other people.

Re:Self-esteem. (1)

JackOfAllGeeks (1034454) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371698)

Pseudo-self-esteem from pseudo-social activities is not "real". Nobody thinks better of you, because you spam your facebook page with really "confident" inane trivial crap. People react to a sense of self derived from merit. From accomplishment. From personality. They see through bullshit. Further, regardless of what they taught us in public school, what you think about yourself is almost entirely irrelevant. There is an endless supply of self-assured wastes of oxygen. I'd rather be judged on my merit and accomplishments and even personality than just looking in a mirror and telling myself "gosh darn it, I love myself!" and therefore deluding myself into believing that nothing else mattered but my own opinion of self. And chances are, if I accomplish those things, I *will* feel good about myself. And posting inane garbage on Facebook to rack up friend numbers or mingle with pretend-friends online is not accomplishing anything. It's the most empty form of self-esteem.

I agree with you on pretty much every point. Real self esteem is based on merit and accomplishments, and without those anything you tell yourself or others is empty. The only counter-point I would make is that it's not a given that simply accomplishing things leads to feeling good about yourself; there are plenty of people who fail, for whatever reason, to acknowledge their own accomplishments and merits. Without that acknowledgement, the accomplishments aren't worth much in terms of self-esteem. And though this study is flawed up and down both sides, I don't think it's unreasonable to imagine that surfing your own Facebook page reminds you of the merits and accomplishments you've made, and thus spike self esteem in the short term.

It's like wearing a nice suit and looking in the mirror -- you don't look any different than you did before looking in the mirror, but seeing yourself that way can make you feel good.

Re:Self-esteem. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370974)

If you have a high self esteem people will hold you in higher esteem. I am sure there have been more scientific studies on that. I am not saying to be conceited but having a positive self image is usually more attractive to people. It is actually healthier to not worry so much about what other people think about you and to not compare yourself to other people.

Having high self-esteem doesn't always mean that others will hold you in a higher esteem. For many people, holding someone else in a higher esteem is detrimental to their own (i.e. Your confidence highlights the insecurities of others). In this case, some people may purposely hold you in much lower esteem than you deserve and actively discredit you (legitimately or not) simply to make themselves feel better and attempting to elevate yourself would only make things worse in this regard. Also, in this particular case, self-esteem has more to do with the type of people you choose to keep around and what you're willing to tolerate from these people, which is much more indicative of the true nature of your inherent self-esteem.

I would stress that it is of utmost importance to anyone who values their self-esteem to be mindful of who and what most of your time is spent on. If a person, people, activity, ideal, etc. is dis-empowering, it's probably best to avoid it/them indiscriminately whenever and wherever possible.

Re:Self-esteem. (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370682)

So... what's your current rating on hot or not [hotornot.com] ?

Re:Self-esteem. (1)

Kosi (589267) | more than 3 years ago | (#35372048)

What esteem I hold myself in is nowhere near is pertinent as the esteem others hold me in.

Except for the fact that your self-esteem has a massive influence on how others look at you. Ever heard the question "How should anybody else like you, if you don't even like yourself?" It is also my personal experience that people who like themselves are very often more enjoyable to be around than those who don't.

for those curious about the self-esteem test (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370616)

Here's an example of one of the questions:

Which of the following statements would you say describes you most accurately?

  • I have a lot of friends and can make good use of technology.
  • I'm the kind of person who is easily conned into doing absolutely worthless activities.
  • My teeth are stained and I need to go to the gym.

This is stupid (1)

StillNeedMoreCoffee (123989) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370634)

I know to get a PHD you have to have original work but this seems like stretching it a bit. What if the facebook page had negitive comments attached. I don't think they checked that one. What if the picture on Facebook was a bad hair day? So many variables so little time.

Re:This is stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35371584)

Ah... apparently you don't fully understand the PhD process... part of what you need to try to do is leave room for additional research. My dissertation had a section that listed ideas for additional research to build upon what I had done. These folks are leaving room for others to write theses and dissertations based upon their own work. This is good for at least two reasons: 1) it provides ideas for less creative folks pursuing advanced degrees and 2) it encourages people to cite their work, increasing the perceived value of their work.

questionaire? (1)

pieisgood (841871) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370646)

Sounds like a load of barnacles to me.

Also, purely observational studies? Why would these be news? Ok, observations that confirm a theory, great. But just observations and nothing else? Get back to me when you have real data.

Buh bye Karma, it was nice knowing you!

Obvious comment (1)

Even on Slashdot FOE (1870208) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370652)

People like attention, so giving them more attention makes them happy. Oh wait, I guess adding "on Facebook" to the premise makes it different.

Re:Obvious comment (1)

RocketRay (13092) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370780)

The way FB makes me feel better can be summed up with one word: schadenfreude.

Re:Obvious comment (2)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370872)

The way FB makes me feel better can be summed up with one word: schadenfreude.

Somehow I feel very happy when people with poor vocabulary do not understand that word. Wish I knew how to describe it.

Re:Obvious comment (1)

JWW (79176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371340)

Damn, I wish I had some mod points!!

Re:Obvious comment (1)

RocketRay (13092) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371618)

Schadenfreude: joy at the misfortune of others.

FB example: Catching up with the jock who bullied you in HS, him seeing how successful you are and what an abject failure he is.

CHECK and MATE. :P

Flawed methodology (4, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370664)

Of course those forced to stare at a blank screen had lower self esteem... they were thinking "Why the hell did I volunteer for this assinine study???" the whole time!

What a beautiful pseudo-psycho bullshit study (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370728)

Yeah, so what is going to make me feel the best about myself? Staring at a mirror, a blank monitor, or photos of my friends and relatives? It is pretty obvious.

I'm ugly, so looking in a mirror would hurt. A blank monitor would make my life seem stupid and dull.

The answer is obvious. Can't believe some probably got a big grant to study this shit.

I'm surprised (1)

SimonTS (1984074) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370746)

Well, I am. I'm surprised that those who spent the time staring into a mirror didn't have lowered self-esteem. Haven't we recently discussed cameras that make people better-looking because 90% of people don't like the way they look?

Mind you, if you'd put me in this study I'd have had a cat-nap. It's amazing how much better that can make you feel about things.

Re:I'm surprised (1)

Kosi (589267) | more than 3 years ago | (#35372148)

Haven't we recently discussed cameras that make people better-looking because 90% of people don't like the way they look?

They don't like the way they look when pictured by bad photographers and/or shitty cameras.

Time and Money at work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370778)

Having so much of someone else's money to spend on such nonsense must have boosted somebody's self-esteem.
And I bet someone got or will get a PhD with this "research".

What do you expect from Pseudosciences (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370784)

I wish I could formulate such obvious correlations with a sample size of 63.

What did they do before self-esteem was invented? (2)

istartedi (132515) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370862)

What did they do before self-esteem was invented? Seriously. I've heard "low self esteem" described as a cause for everything from gang violence to sex addiction. AFAIK, self-esteem doesn't crop up very much before the 70s, right? What did they use before that, just good old-fashioned demons I guess.

Has anybody done a study to test if FaceBook increases your chance of being posessed?

Re:What did they do before self-esteem was invente (1)

cheekyjohnson (1873388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371148)

I've heard "low self esteem" described as a cause for everything from gang violence to sex addiction.

You heard wrong! It's video games and pornography now!

Re:What did they do before self-esteem was invente (2)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371374)

Before self-esteem we had this thing called self-respect. The difference is that you have to earn respect, even if the person you're respecting is you. This was too hard for many people to understand and instead we moved to a system where everyone is expected to feel good about themselves regardless of whether or not they have anything to feel good about. Of course, this lowers self-expectations for those few who embrace it but more importantly it makes people who don't or can't embrace it feel like crap ("why am I the only one who isn't happy with who they are?").

Re:What did they do before self-esteem was invente (2)

NoSig (1919688) | more than 3 years ago | (#35372142)

The issue is that pessimism about yourself is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you think you can't do something, you won't even try. Our information about what we can and cannot do is at all times very incomplete so we cannot ever know the full truth about what we can and cannot do. There often IS no rational way to fill in the blanks. Low self esteem is making an arbitrary choice to limit yourself by filling in the blanks in a way that hinders your performance. You might as well make that arbitrary choice in a way that doesn't hinder yourself. Self esteem is good for you.

Whether self esteem is beneficial to the rest of us is more open for debate - contrary to popular opinion, high self esteem is a prerequisite to be a successful criminal as well as a successful anything else. You won't be an inconsiderate jerk if you think you are worth less than those around you. That is the real source of critique of self esteem boosting (other than when it doesn't work) - the rest of us actually really do appreciate other people to be subordinate to us and that doesn't work so well if they have high self esteem. How dare those serfs think they are worth something? They haven't earned the right to look out for themselves like I have! Etc.

Facebook Can ( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370870)

so can cocaine !

Yours In Krasnoyarsk,
Kilgore T.

the 4th group (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370904)

and the 4th group was allowed to play Angry Birds, and felt better then everyone else, because they weren't wasting their time in a stupid experiment that didn't prove anything. Everyone in the first 2 groups was just irritated they wasted their time sitting there staring at nothing.

organized thought (1)

recharged95 (782975) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370906)

Talking about yourself in 3rd person, in a positive, organized way == vanity.

What you can get with facebook, you can get with a mirror. Sort of the 1950's version of facebook.

Alt Conclusion: Boredom causes depression (2)

Saishuuheiki (1657565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370914)

I think it's more probable that sitting there for 3 minutes and thinking about how you are wasting your life depresses people.

What about Porn? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35370932)

Why wasn't there a control group staring at Porn?
At least they will get some solid measurable results.

Re:What about Porn? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35371544)

How did you come to this conclusion?

What? (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370956)

Who pays for this shit? Cornell? Seriously?

Inner monologues... (2)

shish (588640) | more than 3 years ago | (#35370958)

The first one was the control group, which sat in front of blank computer screens for three minutes.

"I'm such a moron for volunteering for this boring study :-("

The second group of individuals had mirrors propped up against their computer monitors and spent their three minutes looking at their own reflections.

"I am here because I am too ugly to hang out with friends :-("

The third group was allowed to surf their own Facebook profiles and its associated tabs for the allotted time.

"Oh hey, something to distract me from the pain of my own existence :-|"

Not a good control group (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35371002)

Staring at a blank screen is not a good control group. Staring at a blank screen is not normally a behaviour many people do on a regular basis.

Re:Not a good control group (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371222)

Evidently you don't run Windows.

This Translates as Follows ... (1)

foobsr (693224) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371116)

<sarcasm>

The first one was the control group, which sat in front of blank computer screens for three minutes.
Three minutes — of emptiness.

The second group of individuals had mirrors propped up against their computer monitors and spent their three minutes looking at their own reflections.
Three minutes — of a reflection of emptiness.

The third group was allowed to surf their own Facebook profiles and its associated tabs for the allotted time.
Three minutes — of an inverted reflection of emptiness.
</sarcasm>

Which is basically what is culminating in the sentence from TFA: "Facebook can show a positive version of ourselves".

CC.

Only for certain people (1)

cheekyjohnson (1873388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371130)

This is only true for people who actually care about such 'petty' things.

researchers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35371210)

Now there is an adjective that I would have never associated with Cornell University.

Why do we accept shoddy studies like this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35371240)

Why the hell are horribly executed and thought out experiments even allowed to be conducted? My teachers love to point out how studies are so terribly flawed but they still continue to talk about them and use their findings.......

Not really a surprise (1)

tclegg1 (761445) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371274)

If you post something and a bunch of people like it or comment positively on it, of course that's going to boost your self-esteem. It makes you feel popular. I imagine the opposite to be true, too. If your posts are frequently ignored, that would probably tend to diminish your self-esteem. Facebook is just a different interface for basic human interactions, so I doubt this would really surprise any sociologists.

Must be a leaked April Fools day release. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35371354)

Not to be taken seriously.

If You Are A Shut In.... (1)

DoomHamster (1918204) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371380)

This study only shows that Facebook Boosts Your Self-Esteem if all you ever do is stare at a mirror or a blank wall.....

How about adding further control groups that:

  • Socialize in person.
  • Play outside.
  • Surf anything they want on the web.
  • Have sex.
  • Etc.

Re:If You Are A Shut In.... (1)

DoomHamster (1918204) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371404)

  • Have sex.

Woops. Forgot this was Cornell doing the study....

Three minutes of FaceBook will change your Life? (1)

hAckz0r (989977) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371520)

Come on. What exactly is three minutes of down time have to do with changing your self esteem? Self esteem can not be changed in three minutes,(except for the very very very remote possibility of hitting the lottery). Does spending ones whole life sitting in front of FaceBook worrying about how other people perceive you work to raise your self esteem? Probably not. If you care about 'their thoughts about you' that much you *need* a boost of self esteem. Do you think that if you were actually doing something with your life instead, like going to school getting a Doctorate degree might do better? Or building a business?

Sitting there worrying about your friends thoughts for three minutes is not going to make any permanent life style changes. Doing something can. These people were simply 'not doing anything' for three minutes, except for the ones fiddling with their FaceBook. At least they were doing something rather than nothing. Self esteem takes a dive when you feel useless, and at least these FaceBook individuals had something to keep them from feeling bored. What the study was measuring was boredom, not self esteem.

Or far more likely... (1)

GooberToo (74388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371590)

...people who are forced to stare at them selves for three minutes have a lower self esteem than those who just reached out the world. Extremely doubtful the summary and/or the researchers are drawing the correct conclusion.

What a surprise...someone who is forced to stare at themselves for three minutes becomes critically aware of their own flaws.

slashdot sucks these days...

go to hell. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35371602)

go to hell. i am 100% confident i heard of a study that says the exact opposite that went around two weeks ago..

O HAI fb marketing...

babys; myface ego based/self deflating (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35371774)

imposters, criminals, propagandists, shills etc...they're saying that in person contact is the only real stuff, & that's how they learn to communicate so effectively. they also report that their ?5? senses & immunity systems appear to be developing more rapidly than previously thought. so, we'll see you/them at one of the million baby marches being scheduled world wide?

What?? Facebook increases self esteem?? (1)

mikein08 (1722754) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371958)

What nonsense. Doing something constructive increases self esteem. Getting laid increases self esteem. Getting a job increases self esteem. HAVING A LIFE AWAY FROM A COMPUTER will increase self esteem too.

All about the headline (2)

RazorSharp (1418697) | more than 3 years ago | (#35371968)

The methodology behind the research makes no sense, but look at the great headline they got out of it.

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