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Facebook Complainers Aren’t ‘Liked’

Monday, 06 Feb 2012 02:03 PM


Attention, Facebook users: Bombarding your friends with online complaints and negative postings could be hazardous to your likeability.
That’s the chief finding of new research conducted by the University of Waterloo published in the journal Psychological Science.
“We had this idea that Facebook could be a really fantastic place for people to strengthen their relationships,” said Amanda Forest, a Waterloo graduate student who cowrote the new study with her advisor, Joanne Wood.
In a university press release, Forest and Wood noted people with low self-esteem are often uncomfortable sharing face-to-face, but Facebook makes it possible to do so remotely.
In theory, they said, the social networking website could be a great for people to connect. But in practice, they found: "People with low self-esteem seem to behave counterproductively, bombarding their friends with negative tidbits about their lives and making themselves less likeable."
For their study, the researchers had people rate the last 10 status updates of students – for how positive or negative they were. Participants then rated how much they liked the person who wrote them. Forest and Wood found people with low self-esteem were more negative than their peers – and the “raters” liked them less.
They also found people with low self-esteem got fewer responses from their real Facebook friends when they posted negative updates, compared to positive ones.
Forest noted the impersonal nature of the Website may make it harder for users to gauge reactions among their friends.
“If you’re talking to somebody in person and you say something, you might get some indication that they don’t like it, that they’re sick of hearing your negativity,” Forest noted. “On Facebook, you don’t see most of the reactions.”



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