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Study: Facebook Oversharing Is a Sign of Loneliness

Study: Facebook Oversharing Is a Sign of Loneliness

TMI status updates could be a sign of emotional issues. A new study has linked oversharing personal information on Facebook with loneliness and depression. Researchers at Charles Sturt University in Australia found that nearly 80 percent of users who said they were lonely shared personal details—like their favorite movies or books—on the social network. Less than 65 percent of users who didn’t describe themselves as lonely share the same kind of information.

The researchers also found that nearly 98 percent of all “lonely” users publically shared their personal relationship status, instead of making that information only available to friends. As CBS Atlanta explains, “People disclosing their views on other Facebook walls, excessive sharing, and ‘liking’ too many things on the world’s most popular social network could point to signs of real-life emotional stress, according to the study.” The findings also revealed that people who said they were “connected” in many face-to-face relationships were not as likely to post personal information like contact details …

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