NEW YORK – Oversharing on the world’s most popular social network Facebook is also a sign of loneliness, a new study claims.
Researchers from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia found more than 79% of the users who describe themselves as “lonely” disclosed personal information, such as their favorite books and movies, compared with less than 65% of other user.
What’s more, nearly 98% of the lonely users shared their relationship status publicly on Facebook instead of restricting it to just friends, and they even publicly shared their home address online, according to the study’s authors, associate professor Yeslam Al-Saggaf and lecture Sharon Neilson from CSU’s School of Computing and Mathematics.
People who don’t explicitly state that they’re lonely on Facebook (though some might be) tend to share more about subjects like religion and politics, the study found.
While Facebook behavior might be a sign of loneliness or even exacerbate those feelings, it’s unlikely to cause it.