FACEBOOK LIKES AND YOUR PERSONALITY
Do virtual thumbs up give you a rush? Or do your ignored posts leave you feeling a little gutted? A study by Cornell University suggests that social media likes affect your emotions, and the lack of a true sense of purpose is to blame for the over-reliance on likes for self-affirmation. They also discovered people with a sense of purpose had higher self-esteem despite the number of likes they actually received on any given posts. In addition, they end up getting more thumbs-ups than an individual who relies on likes to feel good about themselves. This is the first study that shows that a sense of purpose can not only blunt the emotional impact of negative events, but also the positive ones. You know, the ones that lead to an inflated sense of confidence.