A funny clip exposing how open some people are (or are not) to sharing their personal information in real life.
“I know I can read a book, but then I’m up and checking Facebook,” he says, adding: “Facebook is amazing because it feels like you’re doing something and you’re not doing anything. It’s the absence of doing something, but you feel gratified anyway.”
-NY Times article
Hat tip: TDW
EOS Magazine, in collaboration with Happiness Brussels, hooked up a 100-year-old tree to a fine dust meter, an ozone meter, a light meter, a weatherstation, a webcam and a microphone, and are funneling the data directly to a Twitter account, aFlickr account, a Soundcloud account, and a Facebook account, all for the purpose of answering the age-old question: What would a tree have to say if it could talk?
York University of Canada conducted a study:
Researcher Soraya Mehdizadeh from York University in Canada asked 100 students, 50 male and 50 female, aged between 18 and 25 about their Facebook habits.
They all took psychology tests to measure their levels of narcissism, which the study defined as ‘a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and an exaggerated sense of self-importance’.
Those who scored higher on the narcissism test checked their Facebook pages more often each day than those who did not.
There was also a difference between men and women – men generally promoted themselves by written posts on their Facebook page while women tended to carefully select the pictures in their profile.
The findings, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour And Social Networking, also suggested that those with low self-esteem also checked their Facebook pages more regularly than normal.
This doesn’t speak well for me and my Facebook tendencies. I have been cutting back a bit lately because I feel it ends up being the same old people blabbering within their statuses. I have taken steps to go in a direction of more meaningful and authentic friendships but I am always a fool for Facebook in the end. But I would be lying to say that this didn’t speak at all to my own self-esteem issues.
PS – South Park always has a relevant clip.
Check the video out here. Crazy!!
Lewis McCrary likens Facebook to the Dorm Halls:
Suddenly it seems so appropriate that Facebook was invented on a college campus. The more one reflects on it, the more the Facebook experience resembles what goes on in the hallways of college dormitories at universities everywhere: personal boundaries are reduced, many try on new slightly new personas every other week, and late-night bull sessions abound (leading to bleary-eyed mornings that also happen after too many late nights on Facebook). Like Facebook, in college we all had a “wall,” which enabled us to present ourselves to new “friends”—mostly through cheap posters purchased the first week of classes. We even had those little note boards on our doors where passers-by, even if only of casual acquaintance, could leave messages for all to see. Today, those non-digital forms of social networking all seem so 1999.