Electronic Communication And Self-Esteem

This study was conducted in order to determine that through excessive internet use, as well as the use of electronic communication, will cause individuals to have a lower sense of self-esteem. A lower sense of self-esteem will then hinder one’s ability to effectively interact with those in the social world and this lack of communication can possibly further a negative aspect toward ones sense of self-esteem. Studies have shown that through a variety of practices, including communication, emulate a concern with excessive internet use and its negative effects. Those who use the internet as well as electronic communication, including e-mail or instant messaging, are seen to be using these resources as an outlet for emotional support, as well as …show more content…
This can be due to the absences of a need for social interactions. With individuals given the opportunity to avoid physical interactions, they become dependent on the use of social media or electronic devices in order to communicate with others. Then, when placed in a social environment, they are unable to physically communicate with others due to the lack of previous experience in these kinds of situations. Also, due to excessive internet or electronic use, individuals become less motivated to try and encounter physical interactions. With these forms of communication being so quick and efficient, it causes individuals to rely heavily on this one outlet of communication. This reliance deters them from social interactions as well as the need for this type of interaction. It can be perceived that there is no need to communicate with strangers socially when they can continue to communicate with those they are more comfortable with or find comfort that they know personally. This form of electronic communication can also allow individuals certain opportunities that are not available in social interactions. Through electronic communication, individuals are given more time to collect their thoughts before responding to another individual or even resort to not responding at all. With social interactions, it can be difficult to come up with a …show more content…
The age of participants should be expanded on more rather than just including individuals that are mainly in their twenties. With this greater range in age, we can closely examine how these different age categories are using these forms of communication. We can also look closely at how the times spent using these forms of communication are affected by their occupations or other outside forces. The gender of these individuals can also be taken into consideration when expanding on this research. Are males or females more inclined to use electronic communication or social media and if so, does this effect their self-esteem or desire for physical interaction? These additional aspects to this research could show different results or allow more questions to be developed to further this

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