Social networking sites like Facebook are helpful in not only boosting the confidence of people on websites,but also in making them feel good about themselves,a study has revealed.
According to a University of Georgia study,526 million people who log on to Facebook every day might be boosting their self-esteem in the process.
Brittany Gentile,a UGA doctoral candidate who studied the effects of social networks on self-esteem and narcissism,along with UGA psychology professor Keith Campbell and San Diego State University professor Jean Twenge,asked college students to either edit their social networking page on MySpace or Facebook or to use Google Maps.
The research found that those who edited their MySpace page later scored higher on a measure of narcissism,while those who spent time on their Facebook page scored higher on self-esteem.
On both MySpace and Facebook,students scoring higher in narcissism reported having more friends on the site.
A total of 151 students,aged 18-22,completed the Narcissistic Personality Inventory as a part of the study.