Mattie M. Wood
Professor Jonnie Genova
ENG 122- 033
12 October 2015
Social Media: The Start of No Self-Esteem
Social media increases strong traits of low self-esteem in many different age groups, by unachievable physical appearance, the negative messages media leaves, and never being able to achieve a persistence private life. There is a continuing cause of low self-esteem since it was created, girls and boys always having posts, comments, and pictures weighing on their shoulders. Social media as defined by the Oxford Dictionary as, “Social media noun [treated as sing. or pl.] websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking” was created for the soul content of creating and …show more content…
Distributive Question: What elements of social media are causing low self-esteem issues?
1. Kids have a new vision of what they should compare their appearance and personalities to. They examine the features of their body, more than anything else in their lives. It is now a trend to eat less to achieve the physical standards that social media had put into children 's minds through advertisements on social networking sites. As shown when a study was taken of girls in the age group of fourteen to fifteen were asked about eating habits, weight loss, and overall physical being. The study concluded that because of social media trends cyberbullying increased and self-esteem decrease. “Two thirds of 15-year-old girls said they were ‘too fat’ and 14 percent said they’d had nothing to eat or drink for breakfast” (Cohen). These percentages represent that social media is creating a false physical standard in young girls, and even causing kids of a very young age to stop eating. The more this generations adolescents use and abuse social networking sites the more body shaming happens and physical appearance issues occur. These children want to be the norm at such an extent that they would physically starve themselves in order to reach the media 's standards.
2. Adolescent 's are now receiving new messages from social media, which then make them grow into a different person then they wouldn 't have without media.. During the ages groups
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Self-esteem is a global evaluative dimension of the self and determines if you are satisfied with certain aspects of your life. For example, your appearance, your personality, your abilities and your relationship with others. The media is a powerful source of tool to manipulate adolescents that portrays unrealistic images that affect the way they feel about themselves. I believe that the social media does affect the self-esteem of adolescent’s due to self-image.
Older generations don’t realize how much technology has affected this generation of teenagers, along with the social media that comes along with the technology. As stated in “How Social Media Changed Teens’ Lives Forever”; “Negative posts or comments also can do great damage to a teen’s self-esteem.” (Ashley Black, Thomas Atseff and Colleen Kaveney) While many parents think social media is just a way to connect with others, many teenagers take it for granted. For example, “quitting social media because it made her miserable and obsessed with appearing perfect online”, is what a teenager felt about social media and what it has done to her. Though many think that social media is a great way to connect, teenagers take it to another level.
Social media influences a teenager's self-esteem because it can lower or boost their self-esteem. It can lower a teenager's self-esteem by having cyberbullies on the internet putting them down with their negative opinions of the teen which can also drive the teens to feel hurt, or discourgaed by letting others opinions get to them. Social media can boost a teenager’s self-esteem by having a lots of friends or followers, because they’ll feel cool and popular. It can also boost their self-esteem because if they post a selfie of themselves on social media and everybody is commenting on how pretty or how nice they look, they will feel
As this generation has easy access to social media, culminating to 95.9% of girls having access to the internet, it is no wonder that these girls have easy access to view these “ideal” images. There is a cause and effect, which can be seen through sites like Facebook and Instagram, as users are more prone to body obsession than non-users. Second, no one is immune to these beauty ideals, even the women who started it all. The women who post these photos, have internal problems as well, such as eating disorders and unhealthy fitness habits. These “role models” are achieving these beauty ideals in unhealthy ways, which is not a positive message to send to viewers. Third, we have massive studies and data to show the damages of social media, but it is the individual stories that people can
Along with the unrealistic body images on social media it drags along obsession with dieting, food, and appearance in young adolescents creating eating disorders. “Adolescents diagnosed with serious eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia often report that their symptoms can be linked to the bullying they received from their age peers as well as the unrealistic media images presented as an ideal for them to follow.”(www.phycologytoday.com) The unrealistic body ideal that they feel they need to follow has a big impact on the way teens look at what they are eating, and their weight and shape which can lead to serious eating disorders. “Adolescent females who are unable to conform to the ideal being put forward by movie, television find themselves taking extreme measures to be more like their role models.” (www.phycologytoday.com) Teens feel that it is important to become like their role models that they see on social media and go to extreme measures to become the ideal weight and shape
Communication barriers are not the only issue that has been brought on by social media. Extensive social media use has also been known to affect a person’s self-esteem. Some individuals suffer from a low self-esteem and limit themselves to social media in hopes to create a different image of them. According to Charles Cooley, “The thing that moves us to pride or shame is not the mere mechanical reflection of ourselves, but an imputed sentiment, the imagined effect of this reflection upon another's mind" (Morine, 2009). For some teens and young adults, social media may help them open up and achieve a higher self-esteem. On the other hand, social media on other teens and young adults may have a completely opposite effect. In an article titled, Is Facebook Making Your Child Depressed, it is stated that social media websites such as Facebook “can create a skewed reality that makes teens feel alienated” (PR, 2012). When a person, that is not completely happy with their life, goes onto social media and reads all about other people enjoying a multitude of activities and enjoying their lives this could
This paper explores two sources of information that discuss social media’s effect on one’s self-esteem. The sources used are “Social Comparison, Social Media, and Self-Esteem”, an article printed in “Psychology of Popular Media” written by Vogel et al. (2014) and “Facebook Envy: How the Social Network Affects our Self-Esteem” an internet article written by Andrea Shea (2004) found at http://www.wbur.org/2013/02/20/facebook-perfection. The sources share comparative information on the widespread use of social networking sites (SNSs), how it is used, and few similarities of how SNSs affect one’s self-esteem. The sources, however, vary in how the information and data was obtained to reach its conclusion. This paper will examine the similarities and differences of each source in relation to social media and self-esteem.
In order to understand the effect that social media has on self-esteem, we need to understand the construct of self-esteem. According to Coopersmith’s definition, self-esteem is “the evaluation which the individual makes and customarily maintains with regard to himself: it expresses an attitude of approval and indicates the extent to which an individual believes himself to be capable, significant, successful and worthy. In short, self-esteem is a personal judgment of the worthiness that is expressed in the attitudes the individual holds towards himself.” (p. 4–5) To put it more simply, self-esteem is the attitude that people have toward their own values.
Social media plays an immense role in the way that stereotypes about attractiveness is conveyed in regards to body image. As Gerbner and Gross wrote in 1976, the cultivation theory states that high frequency viewers of television are more susceptible to media messages and the belief that they are real and valid. The subjection to social media can cause an idealistic view amongst young girls and women alike. Among the mechanisms of human agency none is more central or pervasive than beliefs of personal efﬁcacy (Bandura, 1997). This belief that these body types are achievable can lead to females being dissatisfied within their own skin. The result of the discontent can potentially lead to eating disorders. Body dissatisfaction occurs when views of the body are negative and involves a perceived discrepancy between a person 's assessment of their actual and ideal body (Cash and Szymanski, 1995 and Grogan, 2008). It is estimated that approximately 50% of adolescent girls report being unhappy with their bodies (Bearman, Presnell, & Martinez, 2006). Surveys have revealed that the exposure to social media can cause body dissatisfaction, eating disorder symptoms’ and the concept that thin is “beautiful” amongst young girls and women (Botta 1999; Harrison and Hefner 2006; and Stice et al. 1994). With media influence, the question is the strength of the effect, studies indicate the effects are small in scale; they are likely to operate in accordance with particular differences in
Several studies show that social media can have a serious negative impact on an individual. A study by Forest & Wood (2012) shows a clear negative relationship between low-esteem users and their use of social media and how it jeopardizes their chances of creating meaningful relationships. Another study conducted by Pea et al (2012) show negative physical and emotional outcomes for young girls using social media. A study conducted by Lin et al. (2016) discusses how social media use is linked to depressive symptoms. Lastly, a study conducted by Verduyn et al. (2015) shows a negative relationship based on how users interact with social media leads to lower feelings of self-worth and emotional well-being. Social media is a staple of modern society and its use can have serious negative consequences. Making those effects apparent and understood by at risk individuals is imperative so they do not suffer damage unknowingly.
With the state in which our media has portrayed the definition of beauty and the wide spread of information through social platforms, we as a society have long begun to cast social pressure and shun those that does not fit the ideal image. The problem that comes with such pressure, especially within adolescents, a stage in psychology in which Erik Erikson describes as crisis during adolescence and the development of self identity (Angel Oswalt, 2010), the projection of a perfect body has lead many teenagers to develop eating disorder which according to Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD, 2012), around 95% percent with such disorders are in the ages of 12 and 25. Eating disorder is not the only problem that social media has an effect on body image, people go through extremes to achieve that ideal image, going through depression, body dysmorphic, and binge eating. Given the tremendous pressure by the society, many male and female alike feels the pressure to be at a certain shape to be part of the society. In a conducted survey of 185 students in a college setting, 58% felt pressure to be at a certain weight, 83% has dieted and 44% were at an average weight (ANAD, 2012). Bullying is a social behavior in which causes a person or group of people to harass, terrorize, intimidate or cause harm to a victim or group of victims by using superior strength and influence. With modern technology, such as computer and smartphones, being bullied are no longer confined
In today’s society, the public is exposed to technology at even younger ages than ever before. Everywhere you go these days you see kids even as little as three holding their parent’s phones or even their own, watching videos or playing games. But as said in the article Does Social media impact on body image by Philippa Roxby, as kids start becoming teenagers their technological uses advance and they start to rely on social media sites for new sources of communication, and their main channel to the outside world. Based on studies conducted by psychologists they have come up with a conclusion that social media has a direct relationship to body image concerns. I believe that in today’s society we should focus on promoting self-confidence as most of the adolescents have a very low assurance of their own bodies. Although a study conducted in the article The Upside of Selfies: Social media isn’t all bad for kids by Kelly Wallace says that a survey which resulted in 52% of the teens saying that social media positively influences them. Even though social media platforms have some beneficial aspects such as they make people want to go on diets, exercise, and eating healthy, the teenagers don’t really look/understand the negative aspects of it. The impacts that are carried with social media are mostly negative such as fancying teenagers to lose confidence in themselves and has become a toxic mirror to them. The visual platforms impact
Most people think that peer pressure is one of the leading cause of low self-esteem ,we read about young adult going through teen issues such as bullying , fighting and many more other issues but in 2017 things have changed .Many teenagers are obsessed with social media sites such as Facebook, Snap chat, or even Instagram . these sites were either design for reconnection with lost family or friends to showing people bit a piece what you do on a day to day basis but now that’s not the case. Self -esteem is when an individual has confidence and satisfaction in themselves with the changes in how social media works in this day and age self-esteem is one of the issues it affects. Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and
Within the last 10 years, there are even more messages to contend with on a daily basis, thanks to social media. There was a time not so long ago, were girls may have started eating healthier in order to be “bikini ready”, and guys may have hit the gym an extra day or too. But now, because social media is such a big part of our society app’s like; Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and other apps, kids are exposed to a whole new world of what the “perfect” body should look like. It’s not just celebrities anymore that push the idea of human perfection, it’s their peers posting pictures of themselves and one another for the world to see and comment on. What’s worse, is that this instant interaction and almost anonymous interaction leave kids anxious about looking “perfect” in their
With the rate of internet and social media usage things have become less personal and more public. Whatever you do and wherever you go, people make it public. Young boys and girls post their pictures on social media for getting maximum likes and comments, but they get judged and at times they don’t take the negative comments easily, in turn leading to self-doubt and lower self confidence, which is not good! They need to know that they are beautiful the way they are and need not change for anybody. We should feel comfortable in our own skin and not be insecure because haters are going to hate anyways.Body shaming has become so common these days that the girls have started starving or eating less to maintain that ‘hour glass figure’. Starving and under eating leads to anorexia and depression ,or one may get anaemic .That constant urge to look good ,achieve a great body and be better than others is taking a toll on these poor