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Social Media Sadfishing Questionnaire

Do you secretly seek sympathy on social media? Take this test to find out.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | June 03, 2024

Sadfishing is a term used to describe the act of posting about personal struggles, emotional difficulties or negative experiences on social media with the intention of seeking attention, reassurance, sympathy or validation from others.

Individuals who engage in sadfishing may share their feelings of distress, challenges or vulnerabilities online in order to elicit supportive responses from their online community. This behavior is characterized by a deliberate effort to evoke empathy and emotional support through self-disclosure of sensitive or personal information on social media platforms.

The Social Media Sadfishing Questionnaire aims to measure individuals' tendencies to post about emotional difficulties, feelings of being misunderstood, and interpersonal challenges in order to gain social support and attention from their online community. It provides a brief and reliable measure for assessing individuals' engagement in sadfishing behaviors on social media, offering insights into their motivations for seeking emotional support and attention through online disclosure.

You can take this test here. Follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Rate the following statements based on how much you agree with them on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree:

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Shabahang, R., Shim, H., Aruguete, M. S., & Zsila, Á. (2023). Adolescent sadfishing on social media: anxiety, depression, attention seeking, and lack of perceived social support as potential contributors. BMC Psychology, 11(1), 378.

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