Makes facebook fat?

According to U.S. scientists, the interaction with close friends on Facebook raises self-satisfaction in such a way that self-control is weakened

Bad news for Facebook users. Those who communicate a lot with good friends via the social network are said to be at greater risk of getting fatter and incurring more debts, US scientists want to have found out.

As they write in the Journal of Consumer Research, this is a peculiar self-enhancement effect. Those who have a lot to do with other people and especially with close friends on Facebook, their self-confidence and well-being increases, but with it their self-control decreases. And that is why the happy Facebook users were not born out of loneliness, but precisely out of the experienced sociability, after the use of which they eat more unhealthy things. Those who spend a lot of time on social networks also tend to be fatter – and credit card debt is also higher.

According to scientists, people in social networks pay attention to how they present themselves to their close friends, because they observe the self-presentation. This increases the sense of self-worth among those who focus on their close friends, especially since one normally tends – as in real life – to portray oneself positively, i.e. also to put on an act for others, which is naturally more possible via the Internet than when meeting face-to-face. The scientists drew their findings from five experiments. They wanted to find out what effect the behavior on Facebook has on the behavior in real life. After all, Americans are said to spend more than 20 percent of their online time on Facebook already. In one experiment, 100 subjects were divided into four groups: Members of the first group wrote about how they used Facebook, the second group spent the same amount of time on Facebook without contacting friends, the third contacted distant friends, and the fourth contacted close friends. According to a psychological test, Facebook users who communicated with close friends showed a higher sense of self-worth, while non-users and users who dealt with distant friends showed no significant differences.

Another experiment tested how normal surfing on a website and interaction with close friends after five minutes affected the choice of a "healthy" Granola- and one "unhealthy" chocolate snack. Although the healthy/unhealthy assessment showed no difference between the groups, the Facebook users who were more complacent again tended to snack on unhealthy foods, which for the researchers represents reduced self-control. And an online survey of 500 Internet users found that Facebook users who spend a lot of time communicating with close friends were fatter and had more credit card debt than the rest. It did not matter how long people had been on the Internet or. are on Facebook or how much time they spend offline communicating with friends or have close offline friend. Beforehand, subjects in all experiments had filled out a questionnaire asking them to indicate their online behavior, including whether or not they focused on interacting with close friends on Facebook.

Whether insights can really be derived from five-minute sessions and immediate consequences that show how Facebook changes behavior and whether the use of the social network is the cause of the, however, is questionable. In all experiments, it was found that people who used Facebook to communicate with close friends became more self-satisfied and then less self-controlled. It is possible that those who supposedly focus on close friends and are deeply involved in self-dramatization strategies are more prone to self-swapping anyway, which could also have something to do with self-control. In any case, the researchers say their findings are "disturbing", because more and more people are spending more and more time on social networks: "Aming that self-control is important for maintaining social order and personal well-being, this small effect can have a far-reaching impact."

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