“OMG you’re amazing!”: How people respond (or not) to compliments on social media (Quartz)

Quartz: “OMG you’re amazing!”: How people respond (or not) to compliments on social media. “Log on to Facebook and you’ll see a stream of life events from your friends and acquaintances, and a bevy of likes and supportive comments. “How cute!!!” someone posts in response to a photo of my friend’s baby. ‘Looks amazing!’ says someone else about another friend’s garden. ‘You’re an amazing educator and mentor,’ a woman comments on a shot of my old high school teacher with his students. Social media has made keeping in touch with friends and acquaintances easier than ever, and now that the average American spends 5.5 hours on social media every week, more of our social interactions are now happening online. We post, in part, to inform our networks about our life, but also because each like or flattering comment is a little hit of affirmation (pdf).”

University at Buffalo: Your Facebook friends don’t mean it, but they’re likely hurting you daily

University at Buffalo: Your Facebook friends don’t mean it, but they’re likely hurting you daily . “Social media sites often present users with social exclusion information that may actually inhibit intelligent thought, according to the co-author of a University at Buffalo study that takes a critical look not just at Facebook and other similar platforms, but at the peculiarities of the systems on which these sites operate. The short-term effects of these posts create negative emotions in the users who read them, and may affect thought processes in ways that make users more susceptible to advertising messages.”

Research: Stress Risks for a Disconnected “Facebook Self”

Research: What are the health risks of having a different ‘Facebook self’? “People may express their true self more easily on Facebook than in person, and the more one’s ‘Facebook self’ differs from their true self, the greater their stress level and the less socially connected they tend to be, according to a new study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website.”

Young Adult Use of Social Media May Blunt Development of Social, Relationship Skills

UNC research: use of social media in young adulthood may blunt development of social and relationship skills. “A new study by researchers at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill and N.C. State University finds that when it comes to romance, the more adolescents communicate online with their boyfriends and girlfriends, the worse they manage conflict and asserting themselves in romantic relationships at a time when kids are developing complex interpersonal skills.”

Backchannel: Instagram is Ruining Vacation

Backchannel: Instagram Is Ruining Vacation. “The phenomenon of photography annoying tourists is far from new. My parents wielded disposal cameras and Polaroids with the best of them, occasionally begging for at least one decent photo of my brother and me at the state fair, in front of the Golden Gate bridge, or smiling half-heartedly next to a mascot. My grandparents and their peers surely sat through the tediousness of home movies, slideshow sessions or guided photo album tours from friends and neighbors who were all too eager to brag about their recent safari or trip to Niagara Falls. Today, I treasure those family photos, especially the ones of generations of awkward siblings. But it never felt like the chronicling was the purpose of the trip, rather it was an afterthought.”