No matter how much time you spend on Facebook, you should spend less time on Facebook. It’s an all-consuming part of modern life and despite having an organised catalogue of every person’s internal thought and event, we see past the sinister nature of it.
You can’t learn much past where your secondary school pals went in June and how much kittens hate printers but, according to Time, you can actually learn more about yourself on your Facebook profile than you realise.
1. It can predict your job performance
You’re probably thinking: “This one is easy, it’s prediction is determined by how much work time you spend messing around on Facebook”. But you’d actually be wrong. Employers looking at your profile won’t be searching for controversial Ibiza pictures but looking for the self-motivation and intelligence they want to hire.
2. Turning on your ‘relationship status’ will make you happier
It’s a bit sappy but switching your relationship status to ‘married’ or ‘in a relationship’ might actually strengthen the bond with your partner. While acts of romance in reality signify social interaction whereas online these gestures have psychological meaning – hopefully ones of companionship.
3. Facebook can predict your next partner
Supposedly, Facebook possesses the ability to estimate who you will engage in your next relationship with 33% accuracy. Before jumping the gun to protest AI development, let’s explain. Using your network of friends and who you communicate with and, most importantly, when, Facebook can predict who you’re next flame will be. So don’t start dismissing those late night messages as ‘nothing’.
4. 100-230 friends is the optimum amount for you
“Dunbar’s number says we can only sustain 100-230 friends. It holds up online too; despite how many ‘friends’ you have you’re probably only active with about 100-200 of them consistently”, suggest Eric Barker. So don’t feel bad for a being a non-committed friend, we’re all as bad as each other.
5. Only 1/5 of your friends will influence your behaviour
The main cause of ‘unfriending’ is over-posting and, more specifically, posting rubbish. Many suggest that Facebook networks are used to create cultures of interest but in fact most people go to their friend’s feeds to see what not to like. These ‘friends’ don’t influence you as much as everyone thinks.