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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.

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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!

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