Lying on Facebook may implant false memories

Lying on Facebook may implant false memories
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Lying on Facebook may cause people to develop false memories, experts warn after a new study found that a fifth of young people lie on their online profiles to impress friends. Researchers said a fifth of young participants admitted their online profile bears little resemblance to reality, and that their recollection of past events has been distorted by their own fabrications.

London: Lying on Facebook may cause people to develop false memories, experts warn after a new study found that a fifth of young people lie on their online profiles to impress friends. Researchers said a fifth of young participants admitted their online profile bears little resemblance to reality, and that their recollection of past events has been distorted by their own fabrications.

In a poll, young adults, aged between 18 and 24, said they frequently lie about their relationships, promotions at work and holidays, The Telegraph reported. According to psychologist Dr Richard Sherry, a founding member of the Society for Neuropsychoanalysis, social media has the power to "undermine the coherence between our real, lived lives and memories."

"The dark side of this social conformity is when we deeply lose ourselves or negate what authentically and compassionately feels to be 'us'; to the degree that we no longer recognise the experience, our voice, the memory or even the view of ourselves," said Sherry. The study was commissioned by online journal repository Pencourage.

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