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Facebook – dictating and affecting
October 26, 2009, 3:17 pm
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In a report published by CyberPsychology & Behaviour, psychologists looked at the actual impact of facebook on relationships.

“Our results suggest that Facebook may expose an individual to potentially jealousy-provoking information about their partner, which creates a feedback loop whereby heightened jealousy leads to increased surveillance of a partner’s Facebook page. Persistent surveillance results in further exposure to jealousy-provoking information.”

Muise, A., Christofides, E. & Desmarais, S. (2009). More Information than You Ever Wanted: Does Facebook Bring Out the Green-Eyed Monster of Jealousy? CyberPsychology & Behavior, 12(4), 441-444.

Such findings reveal the affective nature of facebook to transgress its cyber boundaries and extend into the real world. In a historical sense what can be concluded is that facebook wields significant power through the collective generation of data – peoples’ posts, images and  status comments to turn around and impact the course of peoples ‘real world’ lives and create new personal histories. While at its core – user generated, we have simultaneously surrendered a certain level of control – where we are vulnerable to the actions of others.

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