Social Network Use Enhances Self Esteem

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Online socialnetworks are used by hundreds of millions of people every day, but little is known about their effect on behavior. In five experiments, the authors demonstrate that social network use enhances self-esteem in users who are focused on close friends (i.e., strong ties) while browsing their social network. This momentary increase in self-esteem reduces self-control, leading those focused on strong ties to display less self-control after browsing a socialnetwork. Additionally, the authors present evidence suggesting that greater socialnetwork use is associated with a higher body mass index and higher levels of credit card debt for individuals with strong ties to their socialnetwork. This research extends previous findings by demonstrating that socialnetworks primarily enhance self-esteem for those focused on strong ties during socialnetwork use. Additionally, this research has implications for policy makers because self-control is an important mechanism for maintaining social order and well-being. Socialnetwork sites like Facebook, Orkut and Twitter are virtual communities where users can create individual public profiles, interact with real-life friends and meet other people based on shared interests. An exponential rise in usage of SocialNetworks has been seen within the last few years. Their ease of use and immediate gratification effect on users has changed the way people in general and students in particular spend their time. Young adults, particularly
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