What鈥檚 your go-to Facebook move? For some it鈥檚 sharing and reading news stories, others use it for professional connections and some send seemingly endless requests to play Candy Crush. All valid (okay, maybe not the Candy Crush one, if we鈥檙e being honest), but a new study out of the University of Akron says the way you use your Facebook account determines the level of dependency you have on the social network. But don鈥檛 worry 鈥 that鈥檚 not necessarily a bad thing.


Amber Ferris, the assistant professor at the University who conducted the study, found that people use Facebook for a bunch of different reasons, from meeting new people to getting attention from others. She says those who use Facebook to 鈥渇ulfill their goals鈥 鈥 which could be personal or professional 鈥 tend to become more dependent on the site.

But being dependent on Facebook to share successes and build connections with people isn鈥檛 always a flaw, she found. 鈥淭hose who post the most and are the most positive in posts do so to stay connected with people they already know and to gain others鈥 attention,鈥 Ferris says in a news release. 鈥淭his makes a lot of sense 鈥 if you are happy with your life, you are more likely to want to share that happiness with others on social media.鈥


And while people who use Facebook to make new friends are the most dependent on the site of all those studied, they鈥檙e also the most extroverted and open with their friends. On the flip side, they might not always be completely honest in what they鈥檙e sharing. But who doesn鈥檛 embellish just a little on social media? We all just want to show the best version of our lives, after all.

Some use the social network to get a better understanding of their own personality or personal views. Think about the flood of lengthy political statuses any time Donald Trump makes yet another controversial statement. Ferris found that people who use the site for this reason 鈥渢end to have agreeable personalities but lower self-esteem than others.鈥

Next time you go to post a new status or photo, make a mental note of what you鈥檙e hoping comes out of it 鈥 you might get a little insight into your own personality!

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