Home > Lifestyle > Woman > News Updated 13 September 2013 Online personas reflect personal identities How social media users create and monitor their online personas may hint at their feelings of self-esteem and self-determination. 0 iStock Related Why people quit Facebook Teens are sharing more online Purging social media of digital possessions Quiz Is my diet healthy? » 10 odours our noses can identify 6 body language mistakes to avoid How social media users create and monitor their online personas may hint at their feelings of self-esteem and self-determination, according to an international team of researchers."The types of actions users take and the kinds of information they are adding to their Facebook walls and profiles are a reflection of their identities," said S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communications and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory, Penn State. "You are your Facebook, basically, and despite all its "socialness", Facebook is a deeply personal medium."People with lower self-esteem tend to be much more concerned with what others post about them on Facebook, while users with higher self-esteem spend more effort on adding information to their personal profiles on the social network, said Sundar.The researchers, who report their findings at INTERACT 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, said that people with both high and low self-esteem spend time crafting their online personas on Facebook, but choose different paths in that construction. Individuals with higher self-esteem have a greater sense of agency and spend more time adding information about their family, education and work experience to their profiles, according to the researchers.Signs of low self-esteemUsers who have lower self-esteem continuously monitor their wall and delete unwanted posts from other users, according to the researchers.The findings may also lead to alternative ways to make money for online social networks, said Sundar, who worked with Jiaqi Nie, a graduate student in interaction science, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea."The more you get connected to Facebook, the stronger you feel that the items you post – the pictures, for example – are part of your identity and the more likely you are going to view these as your virtual possessions," said Sundar.Because both groups of high self-esteem and low self-esteem Facebook users see the social network as an extension of their self-identity, they may be willing to pay for features on social networks, said Sundar. For example, social media and social media app developers may be able to attract paying customers with more customizable walls and profile pages.The researchers studied how 225 students from a South Korean university filled in their Facebook profiles and how the students edited material that friends linked to or posted on their walls.Participants answered a series of questions about whether they added information to 33 categories of personal data, including details about their family, work and relationships. The participants also reported on how frequently they updated and changed information on their walls.To measure self-esteem and self-monitoring, the researchers asked the participants to answer questions, including ones on self-worth and how they choose to present themselves in public.The researchers suggest that future studies may investigate how users of different psychological backgrounds take part in other social networking behaviours, such as how often they update photos and how they set privacy settings. EurekAlert NEXT ON HEALTH24X Call for potential donors as Cape blood stocks run low 2017-06-20 14:59 More: WomanNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle Should female employees get 'first day of period' leave? Medical SA child born with HIV has virus under control without drugs Medical Should it really take tragic celebrity suicides to shine the spotlight on mental health? News Revealed: 100 Gauteng ambulances out of operation every day News SEE: Your brain might be 25 years older than your body Medical schemes 20 medical scheme myths you should not believe From our sponsors How erectile dysfunction can affect relationships Coping with the fear of cancer IBS affects 15% of people around the world The evolution of asthma treatment Live healthier Here's some help... » Combat childhood obesity Childhood obesity brings future health problems 3 ways to get young couch potatoes away from the screen Are your children glued to their electronic devices? It might be time to start making some rules. Time for a break? » Stressful job leads to emotional burnout Work burnout tied to emotional eating This is why you must take annual leave Avoid burnout and use your annual leave to get some well-deserved rest. Your body and mind will thank you.