Social Media May Have Detrimental Effects on the Self Esteem Comparing one’s life to others via Social Media
We know that many people on social media sites often present idealized versions of their lives, leading others to make upward social comparisons, which can lead to negative emotions.
Social interaction on social media sites, specifically Facebook and Instagram, may have a negative impact on face-to-face encounters for individuals who already have high levels of anxiety. Another concern regarding social media is that it has become prevalent in society today, and it has been scientifically linked with causing depression in young girls. A New Jersey woman expressed that her life has been worsened by using social media, she feels less confident when she compares her achievements against her friends.
Marie Jones, 21, of Jersey city, New Jersey, feels that her problem has definitely gained recent attention. She constantly worries that her life will remain a standstill, while her friend’s lives seem to flourish via social media.
“I feel like a failure,” Marie said.
The University of Salford in the UK did a study last year on social media’s effects on self-esteem and anxiety, and reported that 50% of their 298 participants said that their “use of social networks like Facebook and Twitter makes their lives worse”. The study also reported that participants also said that their self-esteem suffers when they compare their own accomplishments to those of their online friends. Media and Necessities
Today, Media sites allows us to view celebrity lives, assets and Photoshopped images of models that often influences girls to believe that if they buy this product or clothing of theirs, they will achieve a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction that is only achievable through this purchase. However, it has not been shown to give girls more "satisfaction" at all. Rather, it has proven the completely opposite effect.
Psychotherapist, Emily Roberts, 39, claimed...
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