People who are honest about their life on Facebook are happier than those who ...

People who are honest about their appearance and lifestyle on Facebook are happier than those who pretend to be someone they're not, study finds More than 10,000 people were quizzed on personality and social media habits  Scientists found people who portray a genuine image have better wellbeing  Regardless of what sort of person you are, being true to yourself on social media is linked to improved happiness  

By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline

Published: 16:00 BST, 6 October 2020 | Updated: 16:00 BST, 6 October 2020

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Lying about yourself on social media can make you unhappy and impact on your wellbeing, according to new research.

Research from Columbia University found people who are true to themselves and provide an accurate portrayal on social media are happier. 

The findings are based on an analysis of data from 10,560 Facebook members over six years between 2007 and 2012.  

Lying about yourself on social media can make you unhappy and impact on your wellbeing, according to new research (file photo)

Lying about yourself on social media can make you unhappy and impact on your wellbeing, according to new research (file photo)

Corresponding author Erica Bailey, a PhD student at Columbia University, New York, said: 'There may be psychological benefits associated with being authentic.' 

The findings apply to all people, regardless of personality type.

Almost eight in ten Americans and two in three Britons use social media - most on a daily basis.

Participants completed a series of tests to measure their personality traits including extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness.

Ms Bailey's team then compared each volunteer to a computer prediction of their personality based on their own social media.

Research from Columbia University found people who are true to themselves and provide an accurate portrayal of themselves on social media are happier. The findings are based on an analysis of data from 10,560 Facebook members over six years between 2007 and 2012

Research from Columbia University found people who are true to themselves and provide an accurate portrayal of themselves on social media are happier. The findings are based on an analysis of data from 10,560 Facebook members over six years between 2007 and 2012 

This was based on their likes and the language used in their status updates on Facebook.

They found those whose real-life personality traits best matched those they exhibited on social media had higher levels of life satisfaction. 

Ms Bailey said: 'Social media can seem like an artificial world in which people's lives consist entirely of exotic vacations,

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