Study: Facebook Status Update Are Memorable
When you post that next update about what you had for dinner or about how adorable your kids was at the school musical, you may not understand that you’re making quite an impression on people.
New research finds that Facebook status updates are more memorable than lines from a book or the faces of strangers. The research was published in the journal Memory and Cognition, and found that overall, Facebook status updates were one-and-a-half times more memorable than sentences from books, and two-and-a-half times more memorable than faces.
So why are those posts sows memorable? Researchers think it’s Probably that posts are written in a way that very closely resembles how people talk, as opposed to sentences from books, which are more carefully composed. According to one researcher:
These kinds of gaps in [memory] performance are on a scale similar to the difference between amnesiacs and people with healthy memory.