Social Media And Its Effects On Self Esteem And Self Control

1422 Words Apr 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Are Facebook users gaining any benefits from the popular social media site or just unconsciously being affected by all the negatives? Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook launched in 2004 and has been growing in popularity ever since. The purpose of Facebook is to allow individuals to voice what matters to them all while connecting and engaging with others. The social media platform has users accessing worldwide and according to Facebook’s newsroom, in 2015 there was an average of 1.04 billion active users on the site daily (Our History, 2016). With so many individuals around the world using Facebook, it is important to understand any potential positive or negative effects of using the well-liked social networking platform. In 2014, CBS Philadelphia published an article trying to decipher 5 research studies done by K Wilcox and A Stephen, testing if online social networks effects self-esteem and self-control. The studies built off of prior work that showed several psychological benefits that come from using social media sites including self-esteem, but wanted to see if there were any negative consequences for Facebook consumers. The studies proved that when someone is a regular user of social media they were associated with weaker self-control in several aspects of life including physical and mental health and their individual finances (Wilcox & Stephen, 2013). In the first study, 100 participants were randomly assigned to one of four conditions, browsing Facebook vs.…
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