Taken From the NY Times, January 15
- Does Facebook ever make you feel bad?
- Does the popular social networking site sometimes make you feel like everyone else is having more fun than you? How does this make you feel?
- Do you ever look at pictures of the things other people are attending, like parties, hangouts or other social events, and feel left out? What impact does Facebook play in this?
- Similarly, do you pick and choose what you post on Facebook to show your friends how good your life is? – WHY OR WHY NOT?
- Do you ever decide to turn off Facebook because you’re tired of reading about how great everyone else’s life is? – EXPLAIN
Part II: Read FORBES
- We all know Facebook is addicting but what were the true costs of this addiction?
- Why do you think females tend to be impacted more than males by Facebook?
- Why does the author compare Facebook to fashion magazines?
- One of the criticisms of Facebook is the potential impact on self-esteem and self-concept. What impact would your attributional style play in how Facebook impacts on self-esteem and self concept? See below on review of “Attribution Style”.
Excerpt From Psych Central
Martin Seligman, a prominent psychologist in the positive psychology movement, has extensively researched what he calls attributional style. Individuals who are depressed exhibit a negative attributional style. They tend to consistently attribute negative events to sources that are internal, stable, and global. In other words, if something bad happens, a depressed person will typically think it’s their fault, it’s never going to change, and not only is this one event bad, but probably other similar events are going to be bad too.
On the flip side, individuals who exhibit a more positive explanatory style attribute their failures to causes that are external, unstable, and specific. Sure, something bad may have happened, but it was likely a one-time event that was strongly influenced by circumstances beyond the individual’s control.