Exotic vacation pics. Shots of healthy meals. Flattering selfies.
Whether you’re on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or TikTok, many people make huge efforts to curate the best version of themselves online.
But it might be better for your mental health not to craft an idealized view of yourself when using social media, according to a new study published Tuesday in Nature Communications.
There are psychological benefits associated with being authentic when it comes to Facebook posts and likes, a team of US researchers at New York’s Columbia Business School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago found.
“Being prompted to post in an authentic way was associated with more positive mood and affect, and less negative mood within participants,” the study said.
“Our findings suggest that all individuals regardless of personality traits could benefit from being authentic on social media.”
To reach this conclusion, the researchers did two things.