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Expectations vs Reality of Social Media Experiences

I saw this YouTube video last year, and I thought it was brilliantly done and wanted to share. The video depicts the expectations and realities of meeting, or rather, reconnecting with a romantic interest via Facebook. Social networking use has been associated with lower levels of social well-being; for example, more social media and smart phone usage has been linked to higher levels of loneliness, social anxiety, and other areas of social-emotional wellness (see examples of research in this area below).Perhaps, having realistic expectations about your social media experiences could prevent feelings of loneliness or social anxiety?!

A few examples of research findings surrounding social media, psychology, and human behavior include:

Appelbaum, P., & Kopelman, A. (2014). Social media’s challenges for psychiatry. World Psychiatry, 13, 21-23.

Caplan, S. E. (2007). Relations among loneliness, social anxiety, and problematic internet use. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 10, 234-242. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2006.9963.

Huan, V. S., Ang, R. P., & Chye, S. (2014). Loneliness and shyness in adolescent problematic internet users: The role of social anxiety. Child Youth Care Forum. doi: 10.1007/s10566-014-0252-3.

Lee, Y., Chang, C., Lin, Y., & Cheng, Z. (2014). The dark side of smartphone usage: Psychological traits, compulsive behavior and technostress. Computers in Human Behavior, 31, 373-383.

Rauch, S. M., Strobel, C., Bella, M., Odachowski, Z., & Bloom, C. (2014). Face to face versus Facebook:  Does exposure to social networking websites augment or attenuate physiological arousal among the socially anxious? Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17, 187-190. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0498.

 


About Jill Bowers

Jill is a certified family life educator (CFLE), certified family and consumer scientist (CFCS-HDFS), and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Human and Community Development at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She developed the idea for this project when she was working on a research project where she interviewed emerging adults (18-20 year olds). Work and career related content was something about which the emerging adults were most interested in learning more, and many of the issues that were at the center of their daily concerns were those surrounding their career plans and navigating the job market. Although some of the emerging adults in the study were aware of the fact that they could find information on the Internet to answer their questions or that there were resources available through their college or University, most of them could not recall being required to participate in any professional development courses that helped them with career-related skills and most of them suffered from “information overload” related to their Internet searches for information that would help them with their career paths. For example, some of them had been told about the importance of networking (e.g., at Career Fairs), but they did not really understand what this was or how to do it. Therefore, as a result of her experiences working with emerging adults, Jill initiated this project to help FCS students by providing them with information that will help ensure their success as they navigate the job market.


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