Is Facebook likeness about the Ego ? (Part 1)
Is Facebook likeness about the Ego ?
Online social networking is a pervasive but empirically understudied phenomenon. Strong public opinions on its consequences exist but are backed up by little empirical evidence and almost no causally conclusive, experimental research. The current study tested the psychological effects of posting status updates on Facebook using an experimental design.
Promote someone else so as to be able to self-promote later
Wax indignant about political issue on which everyone you know agrees with you
That, dear readers, is the footprint of your Facebook feed. Unless you’re some kind of outlier whose friends post nothing but links to worthy charitable organizations and lost-pet notices, that is what scrolls past your line of vision on a daily, perhaps hourly (minute-by-minute?) basis. And that is why you occasionally find yourself wishing that everyone you “know” would just go away and never come back.
Yes, it’s passé to complain about the wearying, navel-gazing, time-wasting, occasionally ego-bruising effects of Facebook and its ilk. We know that studies suggest that all those happy photos our friends put up can make us sad. We know we’ve become a culture of curators and show-offs, hand-selecting our most triumphant and photogenic moments and presenting them as everyday occurrences.
By Meghan Daum for The LA Times
“Similar to a snack temporarily reducing hunger until the next meal, social snacking may help tolerate the lack of ‘real’ social interaction for a certain amount of time,” the researchers wrote in a paper published last month in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
Well facebook is for keeping in touch and the status updates are to kinda let everybody know how you are doing so you don’t have to tell them individually.
But on the other hand just because its meant for that doesn’t mean that people neccessarly use it for that purpose. And some people do in fact use it to make them feel a little bit more noticed and sometimes it actually works wiether its good or bad attension.
Its real people….with real news and thoughts. And good for them for FB making them feel special. Its not everyday your conversing face to face and someone actually compliments something you said or mentioned. The “like” button makes it an easy reminder to show some love.
It’s just a confidence boost when someone “likes” your status or wants to be your “friend” (I put friend in quotations because if you never talk to them and they’re just another number, then they don’t count)
According to the urban dictionary there is a condition called Facebook Ego Syndrome
|Facebook Ego Syndrome|
When you tell all your friends you are being Facebook Stalked, yet you keep your FB page open so you can continue to be stalked. Secretly your ego is so big that you are loving all the attention it’s bringing you. So you post 500 pictures of yourself hoping your stalker will continue to come back, making you feel important, and providing you with something to talk about to your 2,000 FB friends. You have high hopes this stalking claim will continue to build your popularity, you become afraid it will someday end. You become so addicted to the attention, you actually begin stalking your stalker.
Celebrities use these sites to promote themselves, a marketing tool that is not only successful in putting themselves out there, but it makes the celebrity seem approachable to the public.
Getting updates on what that celeb is doing creates a “down to earth” appeal, like you’re following the daily updates of your best friend.
But we’ve all begun to assume that just because Justin Bieber has a million followers and people respond positively when he talks about what he’s eaten for lunch, people will and should do the same for us. We almost expect a following and a devoted crowd to make us feel like celebrities.
We are all stars in our own heads. 14 year old girls have replaced the paparazzi and stalk other girls in their schools. They take pictures with their iPhones and Blackberrys, sending texts that say “oh my god did you see what she was wearing?” to all their girlfriends and posting it on-line for the world to see. Facebook has become People Magazine for the every day individual. Men and women alike post pictures in an attempt to revamp their self image, even if nobody except a handful of a dozen people care to look. Says Daemi Harrison
Regarding the ego thing, it seems the intentions behind the action determine the effect. Customised social network as Mark Zuckerberg designed facebook are by essence made to be a reflection of our ego, so maybe we need to think if what is in front of us is what we are and change it. After all, is there an ego in the brain or in the hearth ?