The Student Behind the Profile

By Zoee Acosta

Everyone knows at least one person who post way too much on social media. The truth is that most of the time over posting on social media can hide signs of trouble amongst students. Although this is not always the case, many students claim they embellish life on social media just a tad to themselves seem more likable.

The case of Madison Holleran is one of many to prove this is a trend. Holleran’s social media accounts showed a successful college freshman athlete who had her entire life ahead of her. Behind her internet status, Holleran suffered from anxiety and depression. The pressure of being a student-athlete became too much and she took her own life. Many students do not post about their stress because they feel it will make them unfavorable. Students would rather keep their image than post something that might cause them to lose followers.

Today student say that their life on social media is causing them to try and keep their real life as close to perfect as possible. The rise of Instagram as created a web culture that makes students scared to be left out. Some students admit that they have often stopped studying for a test to go to an event they feel would make their social media life more exciting.

Some of the ideas bloggers give students also affect how they see themselves. Blogger do not intend to provoke these types of thoughts, however, at time people feel like because their life or social media is not as put together or successful as the other person they have failed at being who they want to be.

Despite all of this social media has also helped the younger generation find their voice. Pages on the web that push for equality, or reassurance have helped students feel less alone. Finding common interest and sharing success stories drives others to do better and reach their goals. Many young girls have found body positivity by following others who share the same struggles yet say confident.

Not everyone on social media show their true self and sometimes the issues are deeper than they seem, however, that does not mean social media is bad for students.


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“Does Social Media Affect Students Self-esteem?” USA Today. Gannett, n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2016.

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UNT Eagle Strategies

Class members of the social media class in the Mayborn School of Journalism