How Does Social Media Affect Self-Esteem?
Since online profiles of registered social media users are publicised, there is a higher chance of receiving these feedbacks. According to University of Georgia, social media plays on our self esteem, giving teenagers narcissistic tendencies. “Despite the name ‘social networks,’ much user activity on networking sites is self-focused,” according to Brittany Gentile, a UGA doctoral candidate who observed the effects of social networks on self-esteem and narcissism. “Through online profiles, teenagers can post pictures, making them feel attractive, quotes from their favourite movies or songs making them look ‘cool’ or ‘awesome,’ or post other statuses which could provoke and attract feedbacks and attention from others. However, if a teenager solely relies on social media for improving self-esteem, it would be intimidating and embarrassing for them to receive negative feedback or criticisms on their profiles or posts.” Livingstone, S. New Media &