Facebook: How Self-Esteem Correlates With Comments

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A recently released study by Forest and Wood reveals that your self-esteem can effect what type of comments you make on Facebook.

Participants from both high and low self-esteem categories were selected. Then each participant was paired with a coder. The coder made made regular status update posts and the participants commented on their posts. After ten updates the posts were rated either positive or negative by the coder.

The results showed that participants with low self-esteem had more negative comments than those with high self-esteem. Also, the coders liked those participants with the negative comments less.

This research turns out to be a bad thing for those with low self-esteem. It could be that instead of making friends and taking the edge off of social awkwardness, Facebook could be causing others to judge more harshly.