Even though photos from your last Caribbean vacation may have received more than 100 likes on Facebook, psychologists say that it doesn’t make you feel any better.
The British Psychological Society revealed on Tuesday that, according to their recent study, people who go out of their way to get more likes (either by paying or asking friends) were “more likely to have low self-esteem and to be less trusting.” People who delete posts or select profile pictures based on likes have similar traits.
The study also concluded that racking up “likes” on a photo doesn’t help someone feel better about himself and it doesn’t help to raise spirits when someone is already in a bad mood.
In order to reach these conclusions, analysts asked 340 participants to complete personality questionnaires. They filled out a questionnaire of 25 questions, ranking how much they agreed or disagreed with statements about the way people relate to social media like “I consider someone popular based on the amount of likes they get.”
“The proliferation of social media use has led to general concerns about the effects on our mental health,” Dr. Martin Graff, one of the authors of the study, said in a statement. “Although this is just a relatively small scale study the results indicate that the ways we interact with social media can affect how we feel and not always positively."
So, when sharing vacation photos, Facebook users should consider questioning their motives.
Likes — while they may provide a temporary rush — do nothing to make anybody happier. Although, according to another study, taking and sharing certain types of vacation photos can provide some more lasting forms of satisfaction.