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Men more likely to lie, post naked photos on social media

In the quest for social validation, people are playing with the truth and whitewashing their lives online.

sex and relationships Updated: Jan 14, 2017 17:24 IST
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The study uncovers that men are sensitive about how many likes they get on social media and, in their hunt for likes, they are more likely to reveal something embarrassing about their co-workers, friends or employers.(Shutterstock)

Men are more likely to lie on the social media, or even post naked photos of themselves in order to gather more ‘likes’ as compared to their female counterparts, a new study has found.

People are turning to social media in order to show-off to friends, collect as many ‘likes’ as possible and to feel good about themselves. In this quest for social validation people are playing with the truth and whitewashing their lives.

The study from Kaspersky Lab in Russia shows that one-in-ten people would bend the truth on social media in order to get more people to like their posts.

The research also shows that in their pursuit of likes, 9% of men would post a photo of themselves naked compared to 5% of women.

In the quest for social validation, people are playing with the truth and whitewashing their lives. (Shutterstock)

To attract attention and secure a significant number of likes, around one-in-ten people (12%) pretend to be somewhere or doing something that might not be strictly true.

This rises to 14% of men, suggesting that many would rather get social media attention than share a realistic portrayal of their lives. The study uncovers that men are sensitive about how many likes they get on social media and, in their hunt for likes, men are more probable than women to reveal something embarrassing or confidential about their co-workers, friends or employers.

Thus, 14% of men said they would reveal something confidential about a co-worker (compared to 7% women), 13% are willing to post something confidential about their employer, and 12% would reveal something embarrassing about a friend, compared with 6% women.

Men also get upset if they do not get the likes they hope for - 24% worry that if few people like their posts, their friends will think they are unpopular, compared to 17% women.

Also, 29% men admitted that they get upset if somebody who matters to them does not like their posts.

People are turning to social media in order to show-off to friends, collect as many ‘likes’ as possible and to feel good about themselves. (Shutterstock)

In the hunt for likes, men tend to go even further than women, posting things that present themselves and their friends in a compromising light, according to Astrid Carolus, media psychologist at the University of Wurzburg in Germany.

This is in line with the assumption of men being rather less focused on social harmony and rather more willing to take risks, Carolus said.

About 15% men said they would post a photo of friends under the influence of alcohol compared to 8% women, 12% of men would post a photo of themselves wearing something revealing and 9% of men are even ready to post a photo of themselves naked compared to only 5% of women.

“In their search for social approval, people have stopped seeing the boundary between what is okay to share, and what is better kept private,” said Evgeny Chereshnev, head of social media at Kaspersky Lab.

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