Researchers have found that over 25 percent of women consistently lie on social networking sites like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter to create a fake image that they are living an exciting and happy life. And they lie about their relationship status, too!
Perhaps you are still single, but your Facebook relationship status is “complicated”. Maybe you spend boring weekends at home all alone, but you update your Facebook status that you are ‘in the pub with sexy boys.’
According to the OnePoll survey, the most common reasons women update “fibs” include jealousy at seeing their friends’ exciting posts, worrying about their boring lives, and a willingness to impress their acquaintances and friends. Psychologists who surveyed 2000 women, suggested that though people try to stay connected on social networking sites, they may feel more isolated in the process.
Researchers added that the “more we try to make our lives seem perfect, the less perfect we feel”. One-third of the women surveyed admitted to dishonesty on social media. About 25 percent women said that they lied or exaggerated about the key aspects of their lives online 1-3 times a month. Ten percent of them said they lied more than once every week.
According to the research, 30 percent of women lied about doing something exciting when, in reality, they are at home alone. At the same time, 20 percent were not honest about their jobs and holiday activities. And 20 percent of them were not truthful about their relationship status.
Dr Michael Sinclair, a British consultant psychologist, said people try hard to present themselves online as a happy soul, and that makes them feel more exhausted and unfulfilled.
In another research conducted a couple of months ago, researchers found that people feel envious of their virtual friends when they see their happy lives, vacation photos and work successes on the social networking sites.
People who usually don’t post any photos or updates, but read and see about their friends, are badly affected; as a result, they try to pretend online that they are also happy and successful.