Interesting article in the new edition of Psychologies magazine which reports on a new syndrome called Status Update Anxiety which is rising out of the use of social networking sites like Twitter, Dopplr, Facebook and some of the more “niche” sites such as Mon.thly.Info which (bizarrely) tracks menstrual cycles and Bedpost which invites users to chart their sex life! Anyway, the thrust of the article is that social networking media is making us all obsessed with communicating every factual, banal, irrelevant or intensely personal details of our lives. Hence the Status Update Anxiety.

The focus seems to be on high ‘self-monitors’ – people with a greater level of self-consciousness and preoccupation with the social appropriateness of their actions, who see online news feeds as a means of getting an instantly gratifying way of controlling personal image. “This need has always been there,” says Professor Timothy Pychyl of Canada’s Carleton University. “People write autobiographies with the same intent. Now the internet has given everyone that potential, it’s more democratic. The odd thing is that we think we have an audience. There’s an odd sense of narcissism to think that someone really cares whether I’ve just updated my Facebook page to say ‘I’m going shopping’, as if someone in real time is watching what I’m doing. But it does provide the updater with a sense of connection.”

Pychyl goes on: “I’m surprised we haven’t seen published research yet on the addictive nature of social networking. It certainly has the potential to bring out the worst in us, especially those of us who are living in a state of extended adolescence (and it’s argued that so many of us are delaying adulthood we don’t really reach it until our thirties). All these people who are using social networking sites are demonstrating the childish egocentrism that we see in both toddlers and teenagers – all the world’s a stage and everyone is my audience. Social networking sites act as a tool to extend that egocentrism, rather than fostering the kind of perspective-taking that can help us mature.”

So the article seems to say that social networkers and Twitterati are just a bunch of immature, anxious children who just want to say “look at me! Look at me!”

Interesting food for thought....

Views: 4

Tags: anxiety, facebook, social networking, twitter

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of 38minutes to add comments!

Join 38minutes

Members

Latest Network Activity

Chris Goodwin posted a photo
Thursday
Michael Karolyi is now a member of 38minutes
Monday
Chris Goodwin commented on Chris Goodwin's photo
Thumbnail

apprentice_tshirt

"Inspired by the first episode of The Apprentice 2014. "
Oct 24
Chris Goodwin posted a photo
Oct 24
Twig added a discussion to the group Wanted; Jobs, Skills, Resource
Thumbnail

Wanted - Script Writer

TWIG WORLD – Script WriterImmediate StartLocation: GlasgowOrganisation: Twig WorldContact Link: www.twig-world.comContact Email: recruitment@twig-world.comSalary: based on experience Twig World is a dynamic multi-platform producer and distributor of factual film and digital resources distributed to schools internationally. We are looking to appoint a script writer to work in our Glasgow office. The ideal…See More
Oct 23
Ed Walker commented on Nicola Sinclair's group 'This way for talent'
"Hi All, I'm a graphic designer with over 12 years of experience, now back home in Scotland to find new roles and build new partnerships. I freelance as a branding, motion graphics and UI specialist and have experience working with a host of…"
Oct 22
Ed Walker posted a status
"My new site is up and running at: http://edwalkerdesign.com"
Oct 22
Tony Dunworth added a discussion to the group Wanted; Jobs, Skills, Resource
Thumbnail

Wanted: Marketing Co-ordinator at Graphical House

Marketing Co-ordinator at Graphical HouseGlasgowFull or part timeCompetitive salary with benefitsBackgroundGraphical House is a highly motivated creative team based in Glasgow, and with an international outlook.Job PurposeWe are seeking a marketing co-ordinator to assist in creating and implementing a new marketing strategy for the business.Candidate CriteriaThe ideal candidate will have professional experience within the creative industries with a degree in marketing, or a proven track record…See More
Oct 21

Companies, Groups and Organizations.

Contributors

38minutes is run by a small group of
volunteers, including:

 

Nicola Sinclair

Site editor

 

 

 

Gavin Robertson

Groups Co-ordinator

 

 

 

Espen Brunborg

Runs the Web group

 

 

 

Ashley Smith Hammond

Runs Digital Innovation group

 

 

 

Frank McGowan

Runs TV & Film group

 

 

 

Brian Baglow

Runs Gaming group

 

 

 

Would you like to volunteer? Get in touch!

Events

Photos

Loading…
  • Add Photos
  • View All

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

© 2014   Created by Nicola Sinclair.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service