It’s curious how people define themselves by the fact that they love Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Or the Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” Is it because they want others to understand just how tasteful they are? Or is it because they’re desperate to find other people who like the same songs? A study from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia, paints an extremely sad picture of women who reveal themselves on Facebook. Titled “Self-disclosure on Facebook among female users and its relationship to feelings of loneliness,” the study offers highlights that are painful for the human social condition. In examining the Facebook postings of 616 women, the researchers concluded that the more information about themselves they put out there, the lonelier they actually were.

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