The Effects of Temporary Images on Social Media

The advent of smartphones not only made our lives incredibly easier, but also brought many applications for recreation and communication. Most apps, initially, were developed to bridge the “communication gap,” but the trend has changed over the last few years.
Instagram, Snapchat, and even Facebook now give you the feature of posting a disappearing image. You can send and post images for a set period. After the term expires, your image disappears. Snapchat and Instagram even provide the feature of the image disappearing after the recipient has seen the image.
A new Harvard Business School group researched on the effects and the impact of these images. The results and conclusions of this research were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study was authored by Leslie John, a Marvin Bower Associate Professor at the Business School and co-authored by Reto Hofstetter and Roland Rüppell. The co-authors are members of the Università della Svizzera Italiana.
The research targeted on the images people and users were comfortable posting online for a shorter time. Also, the research looked into what these images said to the recipient of the image. Although most people posted temporary goofy images thinking they would not be judged, the research found that recipients will judge the goofy images regardless of the period.
Temporary images will get the same amount of harsh judgments as for the permanent images on your social media. The research also found that the users believed that it was the right judgment call to post images temporarily. However, the recipient would undoubtedly believe that the user who posted the image had terrible judgment skills.
It was later observed that the research only looked at the negative sides of posting images temporarily. The research paper then dived into the positive aspects of temporary posting of images. It was found that the transient nature limits the number of viewers of the image and it does not leave an impact on the “competence” of the person, as per John.
Leslie says that a tiny lapse in our judgment could cause long-term damage. She says that most people post images online or over the internet for a narrower audience, but due to certain circumstances and judgment calls, the images are viewed by all. Also, she says, that about ninety-three percent of the hiring managers look up for your online details. It would do us good if we refrained ourselves from posting too much of our personal lives.
John, from this research, draws out the conclusion that temporary images and brief details can bring you a host of new problems.

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