A study says that women post photos on Facebook to help boost their self-esteem. We find this fascinating, since a psychiatrist published a medical paper more than two decades ago about how Mark’s photography of women also boosts self-esteem as well as their self-confidence.
Cornell University researchers found that Facebook users are able to enhance “awareness of the optimal self”. Plus, the self-image can be polished unabashedly with clever comments. “For many people, there’s an automatic assumption that the Internet is bad,” says Jeffrey Hancock, PhD, one of the authors of the study. “This is one of the first studies to show that there’s a psychological benefit of Facebook.”
The reasons for this positive effect seem clear, the researchers say.
- Facebook lets you put your best face forward, allowing you to filter out anything that will make you feel bad.
- Facebook can depict you in a very positive light, without blemishes a mirror might reflect, real or imagined.
“Unlike a mirror, which reminds us of who we really are, and may have a negative effect on self-esteem if that image doesn’t match with our ideal, Facebook can show a positive version of ourselves,” Jeffrey Hancock says in a prepared statement. “We’re not saying that it’s a deceptive version of self, but it’s a positive one.”
Another study, published in the Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking Journal by Michael Stefanone PhD, discovered that women who value their appearance shared more photos online.
The Cornwall study proved the modern Hyperpersonal Model, which lead author Amy Gonzales, Ph.D explains, “is that self-selection of the information we choose to represent ourselves can lead to positive effects on self-esteem.”
Photographs have become the visual expression of who we are, and through social media like Facebook, we can control our representation of ourselves. Women can use photographs to express their values, their joy, and the complexity of who they are to the world and their intimate friends. Through their online sharing of their images, they get a boost of self-confidence and self-esteem, especially when their images receive positive comments and witty feedback.
This comes as no surprise to us. We have noticed that more than half of our clients are getting images taken by Mark just for themselves, many for the expressed reason of raising the roof on their confidence.
We are seeing lots of our images, the tame ones or altered to tame, becoming part of our clients’ Facebook Expression of themselves. Always to great reviews, we are pleased to report.
Curious? Come and talk to us, we can show you how magical your photographs can be to your outlook and confidence.
Let us know how your photographs on Facebook have improved your self image or confidence.