Today in Research: Facebook Is Bad if You Have Low Self-Esteem

By The Atlantic Wire

Discovered: There is not a jellyfish epidemic, Facebook is bad for people with low self-esteem, the case for massages, so many useless tweets.

  • Facebook is bad for people with low self-esteem. Add this one to the pile of things Facebook does to our brains. People with already low-self esteem only make their condition worse by posting negative thoughts and feelings on Facebook, found research at the University of Waterloo. The researchers thought that Facebook would help these types of people. "We had this idea that Facebook could be a really fantastic place for people to strengthen their relationships," said researcher Amanda Forest. (What Facebook do these guys use?) Makes perfect sense to us that people who don't love themselves wouldn't benefit from the social network. [Psychological Science]
  • The case for massages. Science double checked and massages both feel good and have real health benefits. Phew. Massaging muscles after exercise reduces signs of inflammation and increases the cell's "energy factories," found research published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. [The Wall Street Journal]

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