Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Let's talk about me, me, me

Talking3_rex_9may12.jpg
Talking1_rex_9may12.jpg
Talking2_rex_9may12.jpg
Talking4_rex_9may12.jpg

Explaining the appeal of Twitter and Facebook for all those over-sharers out there, a new study suggests we talk about ourselves because our brain likes the way it feels.

A recent study was conducted by Harvard University researchers to find out how much people liked talking about themselves and why, reports Time.com. Their experiments ranged from tracking brain activity using MRI scans to testing whether participants would rather share personal information with other people or keep it to themselves.

No matter the test, the Harvard psychologists found the results all pointed the same way: humans get a biochemical buzz from talking about ourselves. When we share personal information, activity increases in the reward area of the brain – the same area that lights up in response to rewards like food and sex.

The study found that we spend up to 40% of conversations talking about ourselves, and are particularly fond of disclosing personal information when we know other people are listening – which goes a long way to explaining the all those TMI posts on Twitter and Facebook.

What do you think? Is it acceptable to talk about yourself all of the time? Tell us your thoughts on Twitter or in the comments section below.

Picture credit: Rex

Related

100-years-old.jpg

Why are we scared of growing old?

no-sex-please.jpg

No sex please, we're British

introvert.jpg

"I am an introvert, always have been"

Comments

More

Muslim witness of Westminster attack responds to Islamophobic trolls

A picture of the woman walking on Westminster Bridge has been shared widely

by Nicola Colyer
24 Mar 2017

Bright, beautiful and bold Easter cake inspiration

Stylish bake ideas to nick and claim as your own

by Amy Swales
24 Mar 2017

An Avengers-style Disney princesses film could be in the works

24 Mar 2017

All the new emojis set to light up our keyboards

From breastfeeding to broccoli

24 Mar 2017

There's a sex side-effect which benefits you for 48 hours, study finds

It's all about what's known as the sex "afterglow".

by Hayley Spencer
24 Mar 2017

This is how much the houses in Big Little Lies cost

Spoiler: they're VERY expensive.

by Hayley Spencer
23 Mar 2017

Scientists reveal why you need to stop flaking on plans with friends

Don't flake it 'til you make it

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Mar 2017

Revealed: the number one reason that women break up with their partner

The truth hurts

23 Mar 2017

Been zombied? There’s now a name for this confusing dating behaviour

It's time to talk about the zombies of the dating world...

23 Mar 2017

10 female anthems to share with your mum this Mother's Day

The most moving anthems about motherhood by our favourite female artists.

by Alice Vincent
23 Mar 2017