Social Media And Its Effects On People 's Self Esteem

2204 Words Dec 19th, 2016 9 Pages
Facebook is viewed one of the greatest innovations of the last decade. Suddenly, everyone could connect with their friends online from anywhere. With greater mobility and customization than competitors, Facebook’s popularity exploded and was soon used by myriads of people. Emboldened by Facebook’s success, Twitter, Instagram and many others were created. The world was soon interconnected as all of these outlets were available at the click of a mouse or as a cellphone app. Almost everyone possesses some form of social media that links them to the rest of the world. Society and culture are so intertwined with social media that it is natural for “myths” to emerge. These myths include the notions that social media boosts self-esteem, that people’s privacy is protected as long as only friends are able to view their profiles, and that it is an accurate, effective news outlet. Despite the benefits of the connection brought by social media, there are serious drawbacks and many negative aspects related to its use.
Social media can have negative effect on people’s self-esteem and, in severe cases, lead to depression. According to socialnetworking.procon.org, social networking sites help people who are socially isolated or shy connect with other people. More than 25% of teens report that social networking makes them feel less shy, 28% report feeling more outgoing, and 20% report feeling more confident (P.1). Although it boosts the confidence and self-esteem of some, social media can…
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