Social Media And Its Effects On Psychological Wellbeing And Functioning

1499 Words Nov 9th, 2016 6 Pages
Social media is a perpetual aspect of twenty first century life by influencing and affecting every part of it. 82% of adults in Britain use social media daily/almost daily (Statistics, 2016), highlighting the mass usage that has been increasing. These networking platforms which encourage social interactions and the ability of its numerous users to create and share content (Kleitmann, 2011) could potentially be damaging people in ways that were not previously anticipated. Arguably, the relentless nature of social media could be a cause of multiple negative impacts on psychological wellbeing and functioning. Psychological wellbeing is an intangible construct which is hard to measure objectively and often relates to people’s self-esteem and positive view of the self (“How to improve your mental wellbeing,” 2013). Ryff noted six main aspects of psychological wellbeing; ‘self-acceptance, sense of autonomy in thought, continuous growth and development, managing a complex environment to suit personal needs and values, the pursuit of meaningful goals, and the establishment of quality ties to others’. (Ryff & Keyes, 1995) These identified aspects provide a more meaningful method of analysing psychological wellbeing which helps to understand the impact that social media has on it. This essay will discuss the different ways social media generally can impact upon psychological well-being, using self-acceptance and the establishment of quality ties to others as the domains in focus.…

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