Study Says Facebook Makes You Fat, Mean and Poor
What does your online behavior say about you?
According to a soon-to-be-published study by professors at Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh, browsing Facebook lowers people's self control.
The smarty-arty study also says something that everybody already knew. When people get drunk, they rant online.
"Think of it as a licensing effect: You feel good about yourself so you feel a sense of entitlement," says assistant professor of marketing at Columbia Business School and co-author of the study Keith Wilcox to the Wall Street Journal. "And you want to protect that enhanced view, which might be why people are lashing out so strongly at others who don't share their opinions." These types of behavior—poor self control, inflated sense of self—"are often displayed by people impaired by alcohol."
The 541 Facebook users that participated in the study were also asked about their offline lives and habits.
People who spent more time online and who had a high percentage of close ties in their network were more likely to engage in binge eating and to have a greater body mass index, as well as to have more credit-card debt and a lower credit score, the research found. Another study found that people who browsed Facebook for five minutes and had strong network ties were more likely to choose a chocolate-chip cookie than a granola bar as a snack.
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