Published On: Thu, Mar 10th, 2016

Why you share about yourself on Facebook



Many scientists states that if you can’t halt talking regarding you on Facebook. Your brain perhaps wired in a different way.

In the initial research study to scrutinize the essential functional link of the brain in correction to social media utilization, researchers noticed link amid areas of the brain earlier set up to perform a role in self-cognition in 35 participants. They also discovered a system of brain areas engaged in self-disclosure on Facebook.

Researcher’s focal point was on the medial prefrontal cortex and the precuneus, two cortical midline areas that are employed when thinking regarding oneself.

Dar Meshi, who is a lead author and postdoctoral researcher at the Freie Universitat Berlin (Free University of Berlin) in Germany, stated that “Human beings like to share information about them. In today’s world, one way we’re able to share self-related information is by using social media platforms like Facebook,” Facebook was employed in the research study as people post details regarding their thoughts, feelings and opinions, also images and videos of themselves.

All subjects accomplished a Self-Related Sharing Scale to decide how often every subject uploaded images of themselves, updated their profile detail and status. The contributors were chosen to differ broadly in their Self-Related Sharing Scale scores.

Researchers traced functional neuroimaging (fMRI) data whereas subjects were permitted to allow their mind roam, subjects did not do a clear task. After that they analyzed the link within every participant’s brain to decide ab association amid brain connection and Self-Related Sharing Scale score around participants.

Findings illustrated that participants who reveal much regarding them on Facebook had larger connection of both the medial prefrontal cortex and precuneus to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. There was also much connection amid the precuneus and the lateral orbitofrontal cortex. Meshi further stated that “Our study reveals a network of brain regions involved in the sharing of self-related information on social media,”

He further continued that “These results enlarge our current knowledge of functional brain connectivity, specifically linking brain regions previously established to function in self-referential cognition to regions indicated in the cognitive process of self-disclosure,” The researchers indicated that the insinuations of their research study are wide and set the base for upcoming scientific examination into self-disclosure.

The research study was cited in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.