Self-Esteem an Social Media

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Facebook Activity and Self-Esteem Self-Esteem Self-esteem serves as the foundation for many components of who we are and our views on life. High levels of self-esteem have been correlated with greater satisfaction in multiple important aspects of life, including professions, salaries, relationships, and physical health (Orth, 2012). While good self-esteem can be associated with many benefits, low self-esteem is accompanied by countless negative qualities. In a recent study, it was found that adolescents who experienced a decrease in self-esteem experienced more symptoms of depression both in adolescence, and in their thirties, supporting the notion that low self-esteem as well as decreases in self-esteem can be directly linked with…show more content…
Although social media use has gone up in general, research has shown that individuals with certain personality traits are more likely to use them and more often. These traits include extroversion, not being very conscientious, being more open to experiences, higher neuroticism levels (Kalmus, 2011; Wilson, 2010). The reasons behind all this time spent on online social networking are first to spend extra time, and following that, to keep up with friends and communicate (Ozguven, 2013). Social media effects. With the increasing popularity of social media usage, there has been accompanying attention on the effects that spending large amounts of time on these websites can have. Research looking at the effects that perceptions of online social networking circles have on self-esteem, and life-satisfaction revealed a positive roll social media can play. The subsequent data indicated that larger online social circles, regardless of the closeness of these acquaintances, result in individuals feeling like they have a lot of social support, and in turn, they experience greater life-satisfaction (Manago, 2012). Although there are clearly pros and cons to social media, most of the research focuses on the negative aspects of online social networking, possibly due to the widespread and excessive use of it by adolescents and young adults. In 2005, nearly 80% of
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