We all use social media to communicate with our friends and loved ones but how about as a morale booster? Turns out a study from Pew Research found that almost seven out of ten adults had experiences that made them feel good about themselves, and an almost similar number saying that they had experienced moments that ultimately made them feel closer to another person.
Looking at the social and emotional climate associated with social media, the study found that overall, people's experiences on social media was positive overall with 85% of users saying that this was the case. On top of that, roughly 39% of people said that they frequently saw acts of generosity while 36% sometimes saw such moments. By comparison, 18% of adults said that they saw helpful behaviour 'only once in a while' while 5% said that they never saw generosity exhibited by others on social networking sites
On the opposite end of the spectrum, a small percentage of users associate the medium with negative experiences, the most frequent outcomes was that it ended a friendship (15%), resulted in a face-to-face argument (12%) or caused a problem with their family (11%). On top of that, 13% admitted that someone had acted in a mean or cruel way toward them in the past twelve months. Also teenagers were much more likely to see such an incident with 88% saying they had in comparison to 49% of adults.
The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International between the months of July and August. A sample of 2,260 adults from the U.S. were surveyed and the report kindly says that it can say with "95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling is plus or minus 2.3 percentage points." The full report can be found on Pew Research's website here