Yep. That’s Right. You are completely and utterly engrossed in THE most pointless shit. I just had the audacity to say it. Now, pay attention and listen because this could help your self-esteem, your happiness, and your life. Both the paper and the video blog are predicated in helping adolescents understand that social media is actually affecting their self-esteem, in primarily negative ways.
We have the knowledge, the research, and personal experiences that show a decline in self-esteem with the use of social media. While the notable difference may be minor in some, it may affect others a great deal. Our generation is different than any other due to our technological “world”. If you experience insecurities in self-esteem or high levels of FoMo, then maybe it’s time to seek change.
Link to FOMO article
There are research-based studies showing these negative consequences. Deborah Richards recently published an article called “Impact Of Social Media On The Health Of Children And Young People”, where she said, “Typical studies at that time, such as The Homenet study, reported that using the Internet for as little as 3 hours a week increased levels of depression and reduced ‘social support”(2). Similar to this study, Pace University published their own research based study, “The study by Schwartz of 218 college students found that the more time spent on Facebook, the lower the self-esteem” (Richards 1). While these are only a few studies, there is evidence that shows self-esteem being negatively affected by social media; however, we may think it’s okay because everyone is doing it.
Furthermore, many social media users attempt to present themselves as best they can, which creates a divide between someone’s online “self” and their true “self”. For example, look at the television show: “Catfish: The TV Show”. In this show, the producers venture on many journeys in finding people with extreme cases of fraudulent identity while in an online relationship. Nev shows his relentless passion in tracking down these people using fake online profiles, so that they can get on with their real lives.
For my video adaption, I personally interviewed a few of my good friends to see if there was any correlation among their social media experiences and their self-esteem. I didn’t directly ask them about their self-esteem because most people aren’t up front about it due to insecurities.
This was the concluding quote to my video adaption; however, I want to reinforce it once again because I feel as though it’s very powerful in the sense that it could change your habits in using social media. Hunter S. Thompson once said, “We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and—in spite of True Romance magazines—we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely—at least, not all the time—but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness” (JPW).