A study conducted on social networking sites revealed that exaggerating truth in order to impress friends on sites like Facebook might implant some false memories.
Psychologists associated with the study found that almost every fifth youngster admitted to the fact that their online profile bears little resemblance to reality, and recollection of the events that have happened in past has been made vague by their own embellishments.
They even found that young adults between the age of 18 and 24 frequently lied about their relationships, promotions at work and holidays.
Psychologist Dr. Richard Sherry, a founding member of the Society for Neuropsychoanalysis, warned that manipulating the truth on such social networking sites might also lead to feelings of shame and worthlessness.
Some previously conducted studies have also proven how social networking sites are causing damage to autobiographical memory.
People on social networking sites usually try to be competitive, put themselves at first, and try to seek empathy from peers. But as per experts, the dark side of this is when they deeply lose themselves into it, they no longer recognize the experience, their voice, and memory and not even their views.
“When this starts to happen, feelings of guilt and distaste towards oneself can create a cognitive trap of alienation and possibly even a sense of disconnection and paranoia”, said Dr. Sherry. He said social media has the power to ‘undermine the coherence between one’s real, life and memories’.
It was told that the study was funded by the world’s first anonymous online journal repository Pencourage.
Pencourage aims to preserve true life chronicles by allowing users to anonymously post 200 words every day to their personal journal.
In addition, Dr. Sherry said the study shows that memories are actually modified and are less accurate whenever a person regains them from his mind.