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Spending a little too much time Facebooking lately?  Don’t feel too badly about it.  As it turns out, you may be giving your self-esteem a boost.

A recent study that was done at Cornell University divided 63 students into three different groups. All of the students were then placed in front of a computer for three minutes. One third were looking at their Facebook profiles, a third were sitting in front of a mirror, and a third were sitting at computer that was turned off.

It turns out that the people who were looking at their Facebook profile measured the highest on a self-esteem questionnaire that was given immediately after the experiment, while the other two groups showed no increase in self-esteem levels at all.

The third that were looking at their Facebook showed an even higher boost when they were actually editing their profiles.

The researchers aren’t exactly sure why Facebook ties to self-esteem, but there may be one explanation.

“Unlike a mirror, which reminds us of who we really are and may have a negative effect on self-esteem if that image does not match with our ideal, Facebook can show a positive version of ourselves,” said Jeffrey Hancock, associate professor of communication at Cornell University, in a press release. “We’re not saying that it’s a deceptive version of self, but it’s a positive one.”

So get back to Facebooking.  It might just be good for your ego!