Psychology of posting on social media

The Psychology behind sharing on Social Media

The Psychology behind social media

Social media has revolutionized how we communicate with each other. It’s become one of the most powerful tools for connecting people, sharing ideas, and generally staying connected to our friends and family. But there’s another side to social media that not many people talk about – the psychology behind why we use it and what it does to our minds when we spend so much time on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tiktok. What you may not realize is that social media can have an impact on your mental health in both positive and negative ways.

Social media is the main platform for us to connect with others.

Social media is a platform where we can connect to others. It’s easy to think of social media as a tool that allows us to share our lives with friends and family, but when you look at it from a psychological perspective, there’s more going on than just sharing pictures of your brunch or the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

Social media has changed the way we communicate: we are more distracted because there are so many things vying for our attention; we don’t have time for deep conversations because they take too long; and our ability to focus on one thing has been impacted by many factors including technology (phones), work (email), entertainment options (video games). Social media is also changing how people feel about themselves. We may feel validated by getting likes or retweets; or worse yet if they don’t get them then they might feel disappointed or depressed.

We also use social media to compare ourselves to others.

We also use social media to compare ourselves to others. In fact, the more we use social media, the more likely we are to compare ourselves with others.

We have many reasons for this behavior:

  • We want to see how we measure up.
  • We want to see if we are doing better than they are.
  • We want to see if we are doing worse than they are.
  • And sometimes, just sometimes, we even want an accurate assessment of what goes on in other people’s lives so that our own seems less crazy by comparison!

Social media gives people a sense of community and belonging that may otherwise be absent from their lives.

Social media is a great way for people to connect with others who share similar interests. It can be used to find support and advice from other people, which can help those struggling with mental health problems feel less lonely. Social media also helps people feel like they belong to a community and are accepted within it.

Why do people share so much on social media?

To some degree, it’s because of the need for validation. It’s a way for people to be seen as good and worthy. We want to be liked and remembered by others, and sharing our lives on social media helps us achieve that goal. Sharing also gives us a sense of control over our lives; if we’re posting about what we’re doing, then we can theoretically influence how other people see us—which is why so many people edit their photos and write status updates in order to craft an image that looks more positive than reality may have been (and the reason behind “selfie” culture).

The Likes you get on social media are like little dopamine hits or rewards for your brain

When you get more likes on your photos, it’s like a hit of dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s associated with pleasure and motivation. When we get dopamine hits from things like eating chocolate or taking drugs, our brains release more of it so we’ll keep doing those things over and over again. The same thing happens when people get rewards on social media: they’re rewarded with dopamine that makes them want to come back for more and post more.

The only way to avoid this cycle of endless likes is by creating an Instagram account where you only follow people who are interested in what you have to say instead of just looking at your pictures all day long—but if you don’t do that, then yes: there will always be someone waiting to give you a little reward every time they see your latest selfie!

Research conducted by psychologists has shown that social media users tend to experience higher levels of self-esteem and self-worth when they see others liking or sharing their status updates, pictures, etc. This includes social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

This is a phenomenon known as “social comparison theory.” It explains why you’re more likely to get validation from your friends on social media than in real life (RL).

People want to be validated because it makes them feel good about themselves — which makes sense because no one wants to feel worthless or unimportant! Social media also allows people to receive feedback quickly without having face-to-face interactions with others (and there are no consequences for being brutally honest with each other online).

The need for validation from our peers is a part of human nature.

It may seem like social media is a relatively new phenomenon, but it’s actually part of our nature to share things with others. This need for validation is hardwired into us, and it’s what makes social media so powerful. We all have this need to belong, which is why we share things on social media—we want others to like what we post and by doing so it validates us as individuals. Social media can be a force for good or bad depending on how you use it; sharing something positive will make people like you more than if you shared something negative. It’s all about balance: Bad posts will not only make you look bad but your friends too!

Social media has changed the way we interact and can be a force for good or bad depending on how we use it.

Social media has changed the way we interact and can be a force for good or bad depending on how we use it.

The good: Social media can be used to connect people who would otherwise not have had a connection, like friends from high school or college. It also allows people with similar interests to connect and share ideas, which is one of the reasons why many businesses exist today.

The bad: Social media can make us feel lonely if we don’t surround ourselves with real-life friends in person as well as online connections. Additionally, social media can lead to negative self-esteem when comparing yourself with others who seem happier than you are (and those who are more popular on Instagram than you). If left unsupervised by adults until they’re older teenagers or adults themselves then some teens may use social media excessively–and that’s not healthy either!

Social media can be used as a way for criminals to find willing victims by targeting people’s weaknesses online.

Social media has become an important part of our lives, but that doesn’t mean it’s not without its flaws. You see, social media can be used as a way for criminals to find willing victims by targeting people’s weaknesses online.

Think about it: when you’re scrolling through your feed and see something that catches your eye, what do you do? If it’s an article or video, chances are good that you’ll click on the link and read more about what caught your attention. But this is also how scammers get their hands on personal information—and they’re becoming better at it every day!


In conclusion, social media is a great tool for us to connect with others. However, we must be aware of how much time we spend on it and the negative impact that can have on our lives. It’s important to use social media responsibly so that it doesn’t take over your life and control your actions when interacting with other people in real-life situations such as school or work environments