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David Matlala asked 3 months ago

Why Do People Express So Much Emotion on Social Media?

People normally don’t like hanging their dirty linen in public. But when it comes to the good side, most people won’t mind showing it off. Social media has given a lot of users plenty of space to display their possessions. Sometimes they even bare their souls for everybody to see.

It seems they want to remind all those around them how wholesome and fulfilling their lives are. Or are they looking for sympathy? The younger ones are more comfortable with the keyboard than with interpersonal engagements. They feel more in control behind a keyboard where no one is looking directly in their face.

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Some are attention seekers who want to appear better than everyone else. Or are they lonely? Are they reaching out for help?

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 months ago

It’s most likely because they have freedom to tell what is affecting them, than telling someone face to face. Social media has more freedom than talking with someone in the face.

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Eli Davis Keinamura answered 3 months ago

It\’s because of increased permissiveness.A situation where by every individual wants to do what he thinks is wright without considering other people around  him.

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Gareth White answered 3 months ago

Because they are sad and scared. They only do it on social media because they arent strong enough generally to do it in person

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David Matlala answered 3 months ago

Sad, scared and weak indeed.

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Nnaemeka Victor answered 3 months ago

Most expressed emotions are not genuine, they use social media to conceal their true emotions. Inspite of this, some people express real emotions but they don’t always do it. Serious minded people have less time to indulge themselves in irrelevant and non-beneficial chatting

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Edward Duffy answered 3 months ago

It is because social media is anonymous and they know they will not have to say it face to face

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 months ago

Probably some of them are wicked or are energy vampires.

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Gareth White answered 3 months ago

Definitely for the self absorbed

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 months ago

Usually its people that are scared, shy,or timid. On social media they have all freedom to express themselves, they feel free and comfortable to express whatever they want or feel.

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David Matlala answered 3 months ago

What about the angry ones? Those that spew bile, offending many people in the process. They rant about this or that all the time. Do you think they are cowards hiding behind the social media platform?

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Gareth White answered 3 months ago

They probably are David – it is an easy way to convey their anger. they probably sit there shouting at their screens whilst thumping the keyboard. This could be beneficial in that it keeps anger confined to a room but also the opposite in that it can insight more anger and then when these people get out into the real world they let rip eg hurting people physically.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 months ago

Displaying emotion in social media is OK to an extent. Social media gives one the opportunity to show to the world how he/she feels over a certain issue.

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Nnaemeka Victor answered 3 months ago

Some people finds it safer to express their inner emotions on social media because through social media, they are free of shyness and timidity.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 months ago

Yes in social media people are free to do or whatever they want. They express their true colors and character because nothing can make them feel shy, no fear.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 months ago

On the the other hand, I believe it’s the exact expression of what they are.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 3 months ago

People easily express their emotion in social media because they think nobody see them. The social media acts as their shield from people judgement. Thus, they are easily express what they feel there.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 months ago

Social media is gives  the freedom to express your feelings about any thing. Like in Nigeria where if you any thing against the ruling party they will tag it a hate speech, so saying it on social media anonymously is the only way way ordinary people air what they government are doing that’s wrong.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 1 month ago

People excess so much emotion on social media because, there alots of things to see that makes them happy and excited

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 1 month ago

It give them joy and happiness

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adharad answered 1 month ago

I once understood the reasons why people express themselves more on social media. First, because in his life he was often hurt. Second, there is nothing he trusts. Third, he wanted to attract sympathy and be famous. I think that reason is a confession of my friend. What do you think?

David Matlala replied 1 month ago

It’s somehow a confession of a troubled soul. Social media is used as an outlet for years of suppressed feelings of anger, loneliness, rejection, discrimination, and judgment.

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Steinar Kloverod answered 1 month ago

I think one of the reasons to all the emotions that you can see in chats or comments or things in the news is that people have a distance to other people or things happening in the world.  When you are writing something by hand you think more of what you are saying/writing or you can stop writing and let it mature to the next day.  When you see what you have written once more less affected than yesterday, you maybe will change or skip your comment.  It is often a kind of filter that are not present when you sit by the keyboard and PC or mobile. Everything goes very fast on the net.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 1 month ago

I think is ignorant that made people to come social media to display their emotional feelings towards any matter.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 1 month ago

Hi, Steinar. That is a great explanation.
 
The psychological-closeness of the social media users with the event they are commenting is one of the reasons there is so many emotional expression in social media. Unfortunately, not many people have enough self-control to wait for the next day, Steinar. They write what they see and feel the moment they perceive it.

Ramachandran Suppan replied 4 weeks ago

It is more easier to express one’s happiness , anger and other feelings in social media than person to person .Express the feelings through writing is much easier compared to talking to another person .Since everyone is very busy with something , its easier to find time and place to express ones feeling on social media.

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