Frequent entries of personal and emotional content in social networks indicate psychological problems


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Surely, almost every social user on social networks has seen the emotional, personal contributions of friends and strangers. Nowadays, the posting of personal and non-emotionless information is called sadfishing, which is translated from English as "sad fishing". The term was coined in early 2019 by the writer Rebecca Reed. Reed uses sad phishing to define the publication of sensitive, emotional personal content on the Internet whose purpose is to attract the attention or sympathy of the Internet community. In fact, many of us sometimes do phishing, which is normal. Attracting attention is an absolutely legitimate thing. Frequent posting of such content may, however, indicate mental health problems.

The era of social networking has brought a variety of new concepts into our lives

Sadphishing, zombies, hosting, etc. are relatively new concepts, suggesting that no studies on such behaviors are available on the Internet. Nonetheless, the frequent sending of emotional and personal information, that is, sad phishing, suggests, according to psychologists, low self-esteem, loneliness, narcissism, or machiavellism (the desire to manipulate other people). At the same time, it is not easy to understand the true motives of social network users by reading their messages. Some papers are designed to really address an important or sensitive topic such as depression or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Other users can easily exchange information without paying attention to the kind of response they can collect. And someone deals exclusively with sadfish to provoke the readers.

Hosting (Ghost – "Ghost") – the termination of a relationship without explanation, including ignoring social networks.

Attempts to attract attention

Although each of us is sometimes involved in sad phishing, celebrities are often exposed to users' negative reactions, especially when they share personal information about their problem. Negative comments often turn into hostile ones, with the result that many celebrities are victims of Internet bullying. But what influence do users have at all on the monitoring of Internet abuse? In a study published in Computer in Human Behavior, scientists asked subjects to read prominent posts on Twitter, some of which were emotionally negative. They were then asked to rate whether the negative comments they received were attributable to the celebrity. The study showed that the assessment of the severity of online abuse depends on whether the user suffers from narcissism, machiavellism or psychopathy. These properties form the so-called "dark triad". The researchers came to the conclusion that people with strong signs of a dark triad like celebrities less.

Zombie – Congratulations to the holidays of a person with whom you have no relationship.

Social networks are full of quotes and emotional contributions.

Therefore, a person with strong signs of a dark triad is more likely to find less reliable or even sad phishing posts. He could also turn out to be a Sadfisher himself. The fact is that such people are more likely to behave in ways that require attention. But as in the real world, the bait may reflect a deeper problem, such as: B. a personality disorder. The histrionic personality disorder is therefore characterized by a high need for attention and starts early. Such people need excessive approval, are dramatic, like to exaggerate and long for appreciation.

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Which content should not be published on social networks?

The public disclosure of confidential or very personal information can cause a person to become incomprehensible. The false accusation that someone is sad when he genuinely asks for help and needs no attention can have a strong impact on that person's health. People who intentionally "hunt" should be aware that their actions may potentially affect the well-being of others. Posting deeply emotional content, such as serious health problems, can cause readers anxiety, physical or mental stress. Although social networks give people the opportunity to talk about their mental health or other issues, it is important to know that some contributions can do more harm than good.

Researchers agree that social network users should carefully examine what information they share with whom. Those who really need help may need to contact relatives privately, as they can provide the necessary support or share their own experiences. It is also important not to forget the benefits of professional psychological help. Despite the new term, sad phishing is another way to attract attention. At the same time, such a search can have a negative impact on both the Sadfisher and its subscribers.