A group of researchers from Cornell University found that regularly updated messages page in the social network allows to improve memory, or at least to consolidate memories of important events from their own lives. The same effect, according to psychologists, have and blogs.
Before social media and the Internet gained its present popularity and spread, they know that a person remembers better what is happening with him events, if you wrote about them — for example, in a personal diary. However, the messages in social networks have a slightly different nature people usually leave in the hope that his words will be read and evaluated by others. In the new study, experts decided to find out what influence on the formation of human memories has such specificity.
The researchers suggested that 66 students during the week to write down information about the maximum number of events happening to them during the day, down to each meal. In this study participants rated the importance of each event on a scale, and reported whether they had mentioned about it on the page in social networks or in your blog. A week later the specialists without warning asked volunteers to list what happened on a recent event they could recall. As it turned out, first and foremost, the study participants could remember about those moments that were the focus of their message in social networks, even if other events had them as high importance”. According to experts, this means that social networks can help a person to remember a particular event, and even to some extent involved in the formation of his personality.
It should be noted that a series of recent studies was devoted to the use, but rather harm from the overuse of social networks. For example, experts from the Tasmanian University found that people who pay own page too much time, on average, are more likely to experience stress. This is particularly evident in the case that the Internet users did not behave as in everyday life. Earlier, another group of scientists made a statement that sometimes people, especially pronounced extroverts, formed a kind of “addiction” to social media.