Study: The More Women Disclose On Facebook, The Lonelier They Are

(Credit: Aaron Tam/AFP/ Getty Images)

(Credit: Aaron Tam/AFP/ Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A study from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia, examined the Facebook posts of 616 women, whose profiles were publicly available, to determine if there is a link between loneliness and self-disclosure on social media sites.

The study titled, “Self-disclosure on Facebook among female users and its relationship to feelings of loneliness,” observed what information the group of women shared.

The research found that the more females revealed about themselves, including their address, relationship information, and literary and musical preferences, the lonelier they were.

The study determined which women were lonely simply by how the females described themselves on their profiles.

The research found less lonely women did not disclose any private information, but they did display their wall to everyone, perhaps because it was buzzing with social activity.

In the end, out of the 616 users observed, half were deemed as “connected,” while the remaining 308 women were categorized as “lonely.”

A past study determined Facebook use predicts a decline in a person’s well-being.

This particular study concluded the more people used Facebook during one time period, the worse they felt.

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