If you’re a social media star, then you’re probably familiar with the practice of posting about yourself and then tagging friends and strangers to share their thoughts on your work.
Now, a new paper in Nature Communications has shown that this method of sharing is very effective, even at a time when many of us are struggling to maintain a sense of self-worth.
“Social media is a tool that can be used to help people feel important and feel proud about their work, and we can do this in a much more effective way,” says lead author of the study Shai Leibovitz, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Leibowitz and his colleagues had participants watch a series of videos on the internet about their careers and what they were doing, including the first two of three videos.
Each of these three videos was about five seconds long, with the participants viewing the videos with a webcam and a microphone.
The participants then completed a questionnaire about their life, which asked them to rate their satisfaction with their life on a scale of 1 to 5.
The survey also asked participants to rank the amount of time they spent with their spouse and friends, as well as their feelings about their physical appearance.
Participants were also asked to rate how they felt about their body, and whether they felt a sense a sense that they were attractive or desirable.
After a few hours, the participants were shown a series the same three videos, but with the same five seconds of the video on the screen.
They were asked to rank each video in a series that included a question about their own life and career.
The researchers found that, when the participants watched the first video, they rated it 5 out of 5 as good.
But when the videos were watched with the webcam and microphone on, the ratings were even better, with a score of 10 out of 10.
“If we were to have a person view these videos with their webcam and the microphone on and we wanted to see what they think, we would be much more likely to say, ‘Oh, this is the best,’ or ‘This is the worst,'” says Leibowitz.
This is because, he says, the videos make us feel more confident in ourselves, and thus feel like we can relate to others, and they also make us less anxious, which makes us more inclined to feel good about ourselves.
Leiberowitz says that this finding is very similar to what he’s seen with online dating, where the first date with a prospective partner can be a good indicator of whether a person’s in love.
“In the dating world, people can have their first date and then the relationship goes downhill,” he says.
Leberowitz and colleagues believe that people are motivated to keep themselves in good shape, and are particularly drawn to images of attractive, well-dressed, healthy individuals, such as a fitness model or a professional athlete.
So why do we need to tag others on social media, even if we’re trying to keep ourselves healthy?
“It’s because we’re looking for the perfect match,” Leibott says.
“We’re looking at a photo of an attractive person who is fit and healthy.
We’re looking through a mirror and seeing ourselves in that person.”
But this doesn’t mean that we should tag people who don’t meet our criteria for beauty and fitness.
“The beauty and the fitness aren’t necessarily the same thing,” says Leiberitz.
“A fitness model who looks healthy isn’t necessarily a good match for someone who’s just looking to look healthy.”
To test this idea, the researchers used a different approach to the same video, this time, they were told to see a different video, one that had been edited to have people posing for a group photo.
Participants rated the quality of the photo, and the quality was also rated.
Then, they watched a different version of the same set of videos, this one without the group photo, that included an identical group photo and one that included one with the group image.
Participants who had rated the photo as being better rated the video as being worse, and those who had said it was better rated it as being equally good.
Leibeitz and his team also showed that people rated the photos on average as being 10 percent better than the photos without the image, even after controlling for attractiveness.
“I think people are really looking for that perfect match, and this suggests that the quality is the important variable, rather than the attractiveness,” Leiberott says, adding that the photos of healthy people can be viewed as more attractive than those of unattractive people, because the quality can tell us a lot about a person.
“People want a good fit and good fit means healthy, and healthy means attractive,” he adds.
“And if you have a fit and attractive person, they will want to get fit, because they feel good.
The quality is what is important, not the attractiveness.”
Leibotti says that his study also found that the more people liked