Most of us have them ...
Some of us have thousands, some hundreds, some limit our facebook friends to close friends and family. But what happens when 'friends', comments, likes and dislikes, become an unhealthy source of validation? According to the medicaldaily.com, researchers found that self-disclosure triggers the same brain activity as eating food, getting money, or...sex? I will also share some interesting information from cbsnews.com:
I think a lot about self-esteem....
I pray for more of it, and I love to see people who have it. But as I think of self-esteem, I think of the things we allow to cloud our self-worth, or opinion of ourselves. As I read the above article about Facebook, several things come to mind. Facebook is a wonderful tool for networking, connecting, and keeping in touch - but as with anything good, too much of it can quickly become..well...not good. Here is what I have come up with:
1. People often have a tendency to compare, compete, and eventually become jealous. Spending too much time reading about the status and updates of our peers can cause unnecessary, (and unhealthy) competition
2. To share is a good thing. Why keep our accomplishments or goals to ourselves? But what happens when our goals and accomplishments go unnoticed, or 'unliked'? This could be another reason why self-esteem could be affected: Sadness and feelings of being overlooked.
3. I admire people who are honest, candid, and feel no need to hold back. I also notice that with Facebook, people overshare. The attention may feel good in the beginning, but what if these people are not your true friends? What happens when you end up the center of gossip? What happens when you are embarrassed about your rants, or you hurt people before thinking about what you post?
So I want to ask you...