Facebook is increasingly being used as a job search tool, both for employers and applicants. But it’s much more than that. Facebook users announce employment changes, chat with friends about openings, and seek out new opportunities with close friends and acquaintances. But how do these relationships on Facebook affect not only the likelihood of finding jobs, but job-seekers’ moods during the hunt? Facebook recently partnered with a Carnegie Mellon University researcher to find out.
Whether you’ve noticed it or not, Facebook has likely changed your brain. You get a rush of dopamine — that same chemical that kicks in when you’re rewarded — when you see a notification. People with more than 229 friends tend to have larger orbital prefrontal cortexes, the area for social behavior and emotion. An interesting infographic from Best Masters in Psychology details the social network’s effect on the brain.
Facebook has persuasive powers, but can the social network curtail bad behaviors such as smoking? That’s what researchers want to find out. A study in the most recent issue of Science magazine tries to figure out whether or not Facebook has the kind of power to help people change for the better.
Be honest: Not many of us would have predicted the wild success that is Facebook. Yet, the household-recognizable word is now a bona-fide phenomenon that penetrates every area of human interest, from business to dating.
Here are six psychological theories that can help drive social commerce.
As Facebook users acclimate themselves to the recent addition of the ability to tag pages in photos and the upgrade to visual recognition, we ponder the question: Why do we like tagging so much?
Facebook can help you detect friends who may be suffering from depression, and reaching out to them can strengthen your ties.
Scientists are studying how social networking sites like Facebook causes us to release oxytocin, a cuddly chemical that is linked with all kinds of feel-good emotions.
The fear of missing out may be inspiring anxiety among Facebook users as they watch their friends’ success stories play out via status updates.
Facebook increase self-esteem among students at Cornell University.