In case recent political uprisings have given us too many reasons to feel good about the impact Facebook is having in the world, we just got a study from Cornell that shows the mega-site is also helping boost millenials’ self-esteem. Because, you know, the so-called “self-esteem generation” needs more of that.
All quips about millenials aside, the study trumpets the findings as a sign that the Internet is doing something good for the world. To us, it proves the exact opposite. The reason Facebook boosted college kids’ self-esteem more than looking in a mirror (we’re not kidding, that was the methodology) was because it’s an artificial representation of ourselves, the we that we wish we were. Since when did we count self-awareness and true self-examination as negatives?