Mothers who post a lot to Facebook are more likely to become depressed, according to a new study.
The research looks at the impact social media has on a mother’s self-perception and the results are interesting, to say the least.
The research from Ohio State University and has looked at the psychological states of new mothers and how their Facebook use impacts their self esteem and validation in their new role.
It also looked at how mums are using Facebook to portray their lives with baby and how they think this looks to other people.
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Using specific demographic groups of women from the ‘New Parents Project’, the study looked at how dual income couples adjusted to their new roles as parents and aimed to show how social media has a profound effect on women’s perception of themselves and how ‘well’ they are performing as a mother.
It is interesting to note that these are not full time stay-at-home mums we are talking about and therefore they will likely have alternative avenues to seek fulfillment and validation rather than simply being a mother.
However, the participants still noted that they experienced significant emotional responses regarding their ‘mothering’ from Facebook use.
Mums said they felt validated as a mother as a result of comments and likes from friends online. Image: istock
"If a mother is posting on Facebook to get affirmation that she's doing a good job and doesn't get all the 'likes' and positive comments she expects, that could be a problem. She may end up feeling worse," Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, said.
Participants said that overall they agreed with statements like "I know people make judgments about how good of a partner/mother I am based on how well cared for my house and family are."