Study: People who click the Facebook "like" button often are more likely to show symptoms of psychiatric problems

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    May 18, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
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    A slew of recent studies found the site causes some people to become depressed. And a new paper contends the site appeals to people with far more serious psychiatric problems.

    The latest study gives the thumbs down to the ubiquitous “like” button. In a soon-to-be-published study, Larry Rosen, professor of psychology at California State University and author of iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us, evaluated 800 active Facebook members and found those who most often “like” other people’s activities on Facebook are more likely to show symptoms of “mania” and “compulsivity.” Rosen questioned his subjects about the frequency of their Facebook use and tested them for a range of psychological disorders.

    It’s not the first time that studies have linked Facebook with psychological problems. A Utah Valley University study published earlier this year found that that the more social networkers scoured friends’ profiles, the more they believed others led more successful and better lives. And similar research by the American Academy of Pediatrics last year found that children and teenagers can develop “Facebook Depression” when poring over positive status updates and pictures of happy friends.

    So why does Facebook appear to make some people unhappy? Experts say it helps foster an online popularity contest. Rosen says people who “like” friends’ updates and pictures may do so in the hope that the favor is returned. One subject told Rosen: “When I post something I keep checking in to see how people are reacting. If I get my usual 5 to 10 comments I feel okay, but when I get 30 or more ‘likes’ I feel super-good.” Dean Bakopoulos, author of “My American Unhappiness,” says he cancelled his account because it creates a highly distorted view of reality that few people can live up to.
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    May 18, 2012 8:55 PM GMT



    ...or people simply use the like button because it's faster than typing out a comment saying that you like a post and why. Otherwise you may end up posting endlessly instead of enjoying reading about what's going on with your friends.

    I'm starting to think some of the authors of these studies are suffering a compulsive obsessive disorder that complicates unnecessarily.
    Interesting topic right when FB shares opened to trading. icon_lol.gif
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    May 18, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    from your article...

    "Some psychologists say Facebook doesn’t create problems, but could bring out pre-existing ones." Jonathan Cook, a social psychologist at New York’s Columbia University, says his research on the early days of social networking showed people could establish healthy and positive social relationships online. For others, he says it may provide a public manifestation of problems that have previously gone unnoticed: “People already prone to loneliness, depression, or compulsivity may find in Facebook a mirror that reflects and amplifies those predispositions.”

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    May 18, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
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    And a new paper contends the site appeals to people with far more psychiatric problems.

    Sorry, but that is a load of nonsense.

    The truth is that life has always been unfair since the dawn of history. There has, and always will be, someone better off than you are, whether in wealth, education, social status or even location.

    I click "like" to a friend's posting because I actually do like what was submitted. And although there are no statistics in Facebook to go by, I guess the percentage of postings I click "like" to is about 10% of all what scrolls up on the main news wall. To add to this, what I "like" is impartial to who had posted. I can "like" something a close friend posts, who I keep in contact much of the time. Then again I can "like" a post submitted by someone I virtually ignore most of the time.
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    May 21, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    metta8 saidfrom your article...

    "Some psychologists say Facebook doesn’t create problems, but could bring out pre-existing ones." Jonathan Cook, a social psychologist at New York’s Columbia University, says his research on the early days of social networking showed people could establish healthy and positive social relationships online. For others, he says it may provide a public manifestation of problems that have previously gone unnoticed: “People already prone to loneliness, depression, or compulsivity may find in Facebook a mirror that reflects and amplifies those predispositions.”

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    True.... and ...Facebook's LIKE isn't as useful because it doesn't let you give more details on why you like it. Facebook can be useful between close family/friends, but the social features are just not that useful.... Can't search for people you want to meet based on hobbies for example... And people post little details about themselves that's just not that interesting ... They think what they are doing is so important (i.e. ...I'm starting my workout routine now) that everyone needs to know.... attention-needy syndrome/complex? I'm using less and less of facebook. Its novelty is now a nuisance.
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    May 21, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    That's just silly. How can the corelation between a silly facebook addiction and some people already having miserable lives be really connected by "liking" something? You could pull almost anything out of a psychology book and pin it on facebook. That is how psychology, the softest of science works, overlay, theory, and usually a bunch of people who agree to look smarter for it.
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    May 21, 2012 5:31 AM GMT
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    metta8 saidfrom your article...

    "Some psychologists say Facebook doesn’t create problems, but could bring out pre-existing ones." Jonathan Cook, a social psychologist at New York’s Columbia University, says his research on the early days of social networking showed people could establish healthy and positive social relationships online. For others, he says it may provide a public manifestation of problems that have previously gone unnoticed: “People already prone to loneliness, depression, or compulsivity may find in Facebook a mirror that reflects and amplifies those predispositions.”

    http://blogs.smartmoney.com/paydirt/2012/05/18/psychoanalyzing-facebooks-like-button/


    True.... and ...Facebook's LIKE isn't as useful because it doesn't let you give more details on why you like it. Facebook can be useful between close family/friends, but the social features are just not that useful.... Can't search for people you want to meet based on hobbies for example... And people post little details about themselves that's just not that interesting ... They think what they are doing is so important (i.e. ...I'm starting my workout routine now) that everyone needs to know.... attention-needy syndrome/complex? I'm using less and less of facebook. Its novelty is now a nuisance.


    That's what comments are for...

    When I simply like something, it's in the base meaning of liking anything. If it's anymore complicated than that, I'll comment too.

    About the study, utter hogwash. Like Metta pointed out, it even contradicts itself.