Can social media affect your self-esteem?

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By Ghadah Alhazzaa @__ghadah___

Social Media has some positives and negatives on people. One of the biggest issues is the affect that it has on our self-esteem. According to a Pen State research, “Self-esteem is defined as an individuals overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self.” People tend to compare themselves to others on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat and then throw a pity party. According to educationworld.com, ”Researchers have suggested that the decline in girls’ confidence and self-esteem could be directly linked to their online activity they cited the emphasis on images easily exchanged via the Internet as a factor. It was also acknowledged that social media has changed the face of bullying, with girls no longer able to leave upsetting behavior at the school gates and continuing to experience friendship problems online.”

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Scrolling thru timelines and looking at images of friends can affect our self-esteem in a negative way. For some people, it can affect their life or career. They end up comparing their lives, career, or even physical appearance. They start asking themselves why didn’t I get that job? Why am I not married? Or why can’t I have her or his body? We tend to stress over what others are doing and look for approvals and likes on social media yet forget that most people only post the positive news and that the images posted were probably taken 20 times to get the right shot. According to educationworld.com, “A new report in the United Kingdom finds that social media is the biggest contributor to the large decrease of confidence in teenage girls”. In conclusion, social media definitely has its good and bad, it is up to us to decide how to take advantage of it and not let us ruin our lives

Resources

Education World: Report: Social Media to Blame for Low Self-Esteem in Young Women. (n.d.). Retrieved February 15, 2017, from http://www.educationworld.com/a_news/report-social-media-blame-low-self-esteem-young-women-2903645

PSYCH 424 blog. (n.d.). Retrieved February 15, 2017, from http://sites.psu.edu/aspsy/2016/03/14/social-media-affects-self-esteem/

Social Media and Self Esteem. (n.d.). Retrieved February 15, 2017, from http://www.manrepeller.com/best_of_internet/social-media-and-self-esteem.html

This Is Why Social Media Is Destroying Your Self-Esteem. (2016, June 06). Retrieved February 15, 2017, from https://www.theodysseyonline.com/picture-perfect-people

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