As we are affected by social networking?
The emergence of social media has given us unprecedented opportunities to communicate. We were able to reconnect with old friends, classmates and relatives to go abroad. We began to get news faster, broaden their horizons. We may share your thoughts, ideas, creativity with a huge number of people to get their recognition and support. All the more surprising was the discovery that the social network can bring not only joy but also disappointment, irritation, depression, cause depression. Why is our relationship with social networks have become so controversial that sometimes we sometimes want to leave, click on "go" and never go not to go? Or just some time to relax?
We too trust the opinions of others
Passion for social networks weakens the ability to think critically. This conclusion is contained in a joint study by social psychologists from France, UK, USA and UAE. The authors emphasize that the more we rely on the opinion of our "Frendo," and the more we view and distribute their records, the less we are willing to question what is written in them *. And the less chance that in the future we will build their point of view on the events without regard for the environment. * Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 2013, vol. eleven.
We envy others
We arrive at the social network primarily for the joy of communication. But we run the risk of not get it. After all, a really lively and interesting dialogue can only be equal to men. But when we see that the people around us actively spread the new photos, talk about their successes, travel, meeting new people, we have the impression that they are living a full life. Scientists are already talking about the "spiral of envy": people who feel inferior, trying to gloss over their profiles and this is already the envy of others *. This explains, for example, many users dislike to "overshereram" (from over - "too much" and this content share - "share") - those who puts a lot of personal information on his page. Indeed, because of this there is an illusion that the lives of these people are more crowded than our own.
* 11th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik, 2013.
We no longer control himself
Psychologists from the University of Georgia found: communication in social networks is a sense of satisfaction, but only when in our virtual environment is dominated by the people with whom we have established good relationship of trust. Social psychologist Susan Newman explains that status updates and "likes" give us the feeling that people are always important to us "in touch" that they will support us. However, there is a downside: getting used to the support of friends, we cease to control themselves and become vulnerable. Criticism and disagreement in this case can hurt us stronger. * Journal of Consumer Research, 2013, vol. 40.
We discover each other anew
In social networks, we are much more willing to share their experiences, thoughts and experiences. And sometimes it turns out that our behavior on the Web in stark contrast to the way that we create in everyday communication. This is most noticeable when it comes to men. It turns out that men are more likely than women to publish on the web your creative ideas, projects and work. "When men write posts or positions, they feel much more comfortable than when talking with someone face-to-face - says psychologist Seth Meyers. - Habit to communicate remotely, by electronic means, gives men the illusion of security. They can monitor the communication process, to manage it. This allows them in a situation of virtual communication to be more open. "* As a result, the pair may be a misunderstanding, which eventually develops into reproaches: "You're hiding something from me? Do you prefer to discuss important things for you to someone else, but not with me. "
* According to a study Pew Research Center, published February 11, 2014 on the website pewresearch.org
Today, researchers do not have a clear answer to the question of whether the social network unequivocally positive phenomenon or, on the contrary, they are likely to be harmful. And it is unlikely it will be able to find. After all, the contradictions inherent in our communication and in real life. In this sense, social networks - only a reflection of our fears, desires, and needs. "Facebook gives us a sense of social recognition, - says Pamela Rutedzh, on the psychology of media communications specialist. - This is due to psychological stroking that we receive from others. Pedestrian nods to you when you pass it to move, someone puts the "Like" your records - all these things are of the same order. " Social psychologist Susan Newman adds: "We are just beginning to comprehend how" likes "and" tweets "affect our psyche. Everything is new and unexplored causes rejection is why - because it has not worked out the rules, traditions, and there are no clear boundaries between "possible" and "impossible." And it identifies them only by experience. "