There’s been a great deal of speculation about whether social media damage people in some nefarious and irrevocable way. Most individuals read about this speculation online, then promptly return to their endless scrolling and clicking. Is this something to worry about? While it’s clear that social media inspire a broad range of emotions, researchers are just beginning to sift through the data. Science writer Chelsea Wald offers a solid synopsis of social media–related research. getAbstract recommends her analysis to anyone who uses social media, be it Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat, or any other social platform.
In this summary, you will learn
- How frequent social media use may affect your emotional well-being;
- How cognitive, behavioral and evolutionary psychologists explain the phenomenon known as “Facebook depression;” and
- Why cultivating the perfect social media image doesn’t necessarily translate to real-world success.
About the Author
Chelsea Wald is a freelance journalist. She has written for Scientific American, The Atlantic and Nautilus.