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The Psychology behind Social Media Interactions

The Psychology behind Social Media Interactions

Social networks can provide an excellent opportunity for people to interact socially, improve their interpersonal relationships, and even conduct business. The psychology behind all sorts of interactions on social platforms varies depending on the individual or the business.

For many, this is what happens in an ordinary day: After a long boring day at work, you arrive home, take off your shoes, change your clothes and start to look for something to feed your soul with. What seems more available and easy-to-use than social media? You can live in it for hours on end with seeing something that catches your eyes every minute. It’s sometimes impossible to resist the temptation to dive into more of them and sharing the catchy contents with your loved ones.

Or else, you feel you have bottled up your emotions for too long and want to open up to your friend about the challenges you are facing in your life. Social media appears to be the most convenient way to talk endlessly with your friends no matter where you are or what time of the day it is.

But are these the only psychological motivations behind interacting on social media platforms? Or is it a much broader topic to expand on? Let’s see.

Why do people interact on social media?

There are many different ways of thinking about human behavior on social media. Psychologists utilize a variety of perspectives when studying how people think, feel, and behave in online environments. Find below some reasons why individuals from all walks of life choose to communicate on social media:

  • Brainstorming

Many people use social networking environments to better come up with new ideas and perspectives either to satisfy their personal needs or to come up with a better strategy for their contents or business marketing. In the majority of social websites or applications, it is possible to build or join communities to openly have your say and getting practical feedbacks.

In this digital age, if you own a business, many of your would-be customers are seeking for social proof before deciding on buying your product or using your service. You can easily share online reviews to ensure your customers that your company is trustworthy and popular among other users.

  • Emotional Involvement

Isn’t it relieving for you to know that others are feeling the same emotions that you are experiencing in your life? Well, social media helps you build emotional connections with others no matter what the time is or where you are living. Many people are there for you to respond compassionately. For instance, when someone is suffering from terminal cancer or lost a loved one or is going through huge challenges in life, people will express concern and sometimes give some useful advice on social media.

It is more comfortable for some people to get their feelings out in the virtual environments compared to the real world. In fact, some choose social media as a tool to pour their heart out and translate their thoughts into the written word to get a better perspective or revise their memory of traumatic life experiences.

  • Peer pressure

Peer pressure is much more common among teens than other age groups. It can adversely affect the lives of kids who feel pressurized to be active on social media just to go with the stream and not to fall behind. Most of these kids suffer from lack of self-confidence and cannot handle it when their friends make fun of them or treat them with contempt.

Although more seen in teenagers, peer pressure also goes viral more or less among adults. You can feel pressurized by your friends, relatives, colleagues, or the people of the same social class as you to engage in social media activities. It has undoubtedly happened to you when all the people around you are talking on a piece of content they recently saw on social media and got surprised when they hear you know nothing about it. How do you feel in these situations? Are you the one who loses confidence and feel uncomfortable? Or do you consider it a trivial matter that’s unworthy of serious consideration? What I am trying to emphasize here is that people react differently in these situations.

  • Bragging

Nowadays, social media is flooded with full details of every event of people’s lives. It seems that they enjoy a perfect life or are in ideal relationships. What is the main reason for such behaviors in the virtual world?

“The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.” Robert Hand

 Studies have revealed below motivations behind showing off on social media:

  • To fill the emptiness, you feel inside
  • To attract more followers
  • To satisfy your need for perfection
  • To satisfy your need of love and acceptance

I personally find these braggarts annoying. They are choosing the wrong way to fulfill their desires or needs. We should learn not to let this perfectionism fool us and make us end up being depressed or having low self-esteem.


It’s not possible to escape social media these days. Communicating through a computer or a mobile phone is quite easier than communicating face to face. Concerning the reasons elaborated above, some of which are intertwined, consider using social media interactions wisely to reap the many benefits it provides for every one of us.

WhatsApp Threats that every one Should Know

WhatsApp Messenger is an online freeware texting platform which attracts a large number of people around the world, especially in Brazil, India, United Kingdom, and France.

It may surprise you to hear who the owner of WhatsApp is?

Mark Zuckerberg who almost everyone knows him released WhatsApp in January 2009 which created the client application, and it could reach to the high level to be the most popular massaging application in 2018 with over 1.5 billion users.

Being big enough doesn’t make a platform flawless, and WhatsApp is not exception too. There are some weaknesses and threats that it’s better for users to know.

Malware threats

Every application that has a vast number of users are always in a danger of hacking, especially when there be a web version of it. Because it makes it easy to compromise your computer.

There some application that is mostly the same as WhatsApp web version which people get confused, but you should be aware of the threats which can get all your data and accounts. The other way to get your information is to design some similar website same as the web version of WhatsApp and people are not aware of that. They ask you to enter your phone number to abuse the information. So the safe way to use this application is the official web version.

Unencrypted backups

WhatsApp texting system is end-to-end encryption, which means the only device that can decode your messages is yours.no one can understand your content during the transmission, not even the company’s headquarter. This is a great option that you can back up your all messages in Google Drive for Android system and iCloud for iPhone users.

Now imagine you have deleted some Important parts of your messages, and you need them, what should you do? This WhatsApp backup option will give you the opportunity to restore your deleted data such as massages, videos, or pictures. Everything was fine so far, So why do we mention this option as a threat. What’s wrong?

A problem is a place you store your data because none of Google drive or iCloud are encrypted, which is against the backup system itself, the backup location is not safe because there are no encryption possibilities.

Facebook’s Data sharing plan

The deal between WhatsApp and Facebook break the agreement.

After Facebook decision to get WhatsApp, Facebook had a contract with the EU to separate their companies and all the statements. But after a while, things have changed, and Facebook forgets their agreements. In the new version of WhatsApp’s privacy policy in 2016, the data shared between both platforms. But the reaction was not the thing they want; Facebook decided to create a combined network structure for all its texting platforms (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp). In this new system, all your messages will share and store over the same network.

What do you think about this option? Is it good or bad?

Fake News

Recently WhatsApp put some limits into forwarding messages. You can only forward messages to 5 people or group which was 20 in the past. Turning 20 to 5 is not something that happens by chance or personal favor. So, why they choose to limit the number of forwards?

You cannot always guess what will happen if you run one theory; it doesn’t matter how big you are.

Here is the theory that Facebook used. Facebook allowed users to post fake news and information on their platform to increase traffic on their platform, which destroyed everything. Facebook was convicted because of spreading fake news through the presidential campaign in 2016.

WhatsApp was also one of these social media platforms that cause misinformation in Brazil and India. That was easy to spread the fake news with just your phone number; people abuse this situation and created campaigns against a candidate in Brazil 2018. The same thing happened in India, but that was about child kidnapping through 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Because of that 2018 was a terrible year for Facebook, Cause misinformation annoys the most especially when it is in digital space, which is tough to handle and control.

Facebook should have rapidly solved the problem, because of that, they add two options that I mentioned one of them, the other one allows users to choose who can add them to a group.

These two options could make them get back to their safe place.

WhatsApp Status

Creating one powerful platform that provides users need is one big step to be successful, But you cannot count on that for a long time, your users are growing, and of course, their need will grow too. Besides, there are a lot of competitors that are trying to attract your audience by giving them more options.

WhatsApp was no exception. First, it just gave users the right place to start texting with each other, but as time goes on, thing have changed, and people wanted more. So WhatsApp added new features which allow users to share their photos, texts, and videos with others.

You may say this option is the thing that Instagram and Snapchat gave too. But WhatsApp is the right place for those who care about private life. Cause WhatsApp gives you more option to choose your contact.

  • Go to setting
  • Click the Account option
  • Tap Privacy policy

There are three options under Who Can See My Personal Info

  1. My contacts
  2. My contacts Except…
  3. Only share with…

The wind-up of the topic, Should we use WhatsApp?

To be honest, there are no whys in this field; there are a lot of people that have their own reasons to use and select one platform. They may think about the design or content or features that it gives to them, each one of these options can be a main factor to choose their favorite platform. Above this question, all the platforms have their own weak points and power points. It’s better to consider all your targets and needs then choose your suitable platform.