Facebook users who overshare most likely to be lonely

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (2 years, 5 months ago)

A new Australian study has revealed how people who share "too much" information are generally more depressed or lonely in real life. The study found that over 79 percent of users who describe themselves as being lonely shared more personal information, as compared to around 65 percent of users. Referred to as "Facebook depression," social media tends to pressure people into "proving something" to fellow users, often causing feelings of envy or sadness. 

"It makes sense that the people who felt lonely would disclose this sort of information," said associate professor Yeslam Al-Saggaf, one of the researchers at Charles Stuart University in New South Wales. "They want to make it easier for others to initiate contact with them, which may help them overcome their feelings of loneliness."

This isn't the first time Facebook has been linked with depression. Another Facebook study found that being ignored on Facebook can have severe impacts on people's mental health, when other social media users do not "like" or "share" their posts. 

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