There is another excuse – oops, I mean another “reason” – why you should spend some time on Twitter or Digg or FaceBook or MySpace.
A recent study of 268 Michigan State University students reveals that those who use Facebook.com have higher self-esteem than students who don’t because they keep in closer touch with their friends.
Not surprisingly, the benefits of social media participation were most pronounced for thsoe who experience low self-esteem. Social media gives them a means of entering into more productive interactions than they sometimes encounter in real life. In fact, it allows them to easily make friends.
Does that mean that virtual friendships should take the place of real friendships? Not at all. But a healthy dose of virtual socialization makes a great supplement for people who are not already overly socially extended in real life. In fact, it’s ideal for people like me who work from home. But before heading out to Twitter or FaceBook or Digg, you might want to read this work-from-home fasion Q&A. After all, you don’t want to meet new friends on Twitter wearing the wrong pattern pajamas, do you?
You can read the complete report on social media and self-esteem at http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue4/ellison.html .