Social media, the mirror of personality

What was your recent social media update? How often do you update your status? To what direction is your social conversation tailored to? What motivates what you say in social media platforms? What community or social pages do you follow?! Well, reflect on these issues and discover what kind of person you are!!

‘If I  were to marry now, I would find my partner via social media’ I heard this words and my heart almost skipped a beat as mukusya maundu, a psycho social communicator with vast knowledge and experienced consultant broke down psychosocial manifest in speech delivery, interpersonal communication and intra personal communication. ‘The social media provides a platform form for individuals to talk their mind, they tell you what their life and thoughts revolve around. It’s actually the mirror of their believes’ explained mukusya, ‘the discussions people engage in, the pages they follow, the people they identify with, and such can tell to 60% of the persons believe, behavior and altitude towards issues. That’s why I would follow clearly people’s updates and discussions and identify a partner!! ‘

Social media provides a serene private environment for people to air their soul problems; an individual will be motivated to engage in discussions they identify themselves with. So why did you comment on Mr. so and so facebook update? What picture did it mirror about you? Why did you like Mrs?  Yz picture? And why did you like that page you dearly follow. That’s just the kind of person you are!!

A 2011 study from the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Psychology called “Manifestations of Personality in Online Social Networks: Self-Reported Facebook-Related Behaviors and Observable Profile Information” published in the academic journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Socialnetworking found that Facebook users are no different online than they are offline. The study also revealed strong connections between real personality and Facebook-related behavior. Social and personality processes, the study says, accurately mirror non-virtual environments.
Looking at the big five personality traits – openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism – Professor Samuel D. Gosling and his colleagues found that self-reported personality traits are accurately reflected in online social networks such as Facebook.

Social media platforms, like facebook, is a multi-edged sword riddled with many paradoxes. On the one hand, Facebook builds social connectivity … but it also isolates people and creates situations where we are “alone together.” Facebook can build self-esteem in a healthy way … but it can also fuel narcissistic personality traits. Facebook can fortify friendships … but it can also destroy relationships. The list goes on and on.

Another June 2013 study from the University of Michigan found that social media reflects and amplifies our culture’s growing levels of narcissism. According to lead author Elliot Panek, “the study shows that narcissistic college students and their adult counterparts use social media in different ways to boost their egos and control others’ perceptions of them. “It’s important to analyze how often social media users actually post updates on sites, along with how much time they spend reading the posts and comments of others,” he said.

Panek says of Facebook, “It’s about curating your own image, how you are seen, and also checking on how others respond to this image. Middle-aged adults usually have already formed their social selves, and they use social media to gain approval from those who are already in their social circles.” For narcissistic college students, the social media tool of choice is the megaphone of Twitter according to Panek.

“Young people may overevaluate the importance of their own opinions,” Panek said. “Through Twitter, they’re trying to broaden their social circles and broadcast their views about a wide range of topics and issues.”

What is your next update? What page will you like next? It says who you are!!?


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