Speech. How does social media impact our self-esteem

Facebook depression, hypersuggestibility, constant comparison and a host of other problems arise in modern society due to the excessive use of technology and social networks.
Our day has long begun not with coffee, but with checking our Instagram feed. Subscriptions, likes, reposts – all this is tightly entrenched in our lives. But scientists from various fields have long been concerned about people’s manic addiction to social networks, arguing that they cause a large number of psychological ailments, including low self-esteem and depression. In this article, we look at whether this is actually the case.

Every day we subscribe to the accounts of stars and bloggers whose lives we are interested in watching. They look perfect: flawless styling, abs, stylish clothes and smooth skin. We leaf through their photos every day and see that no matter what they do, they always look stunning: both in training and when they just woke up. Involuntarily, we remember our reflection in the mirror and realize that the day before, a pimple jumped up, and a non-flat stomach under the T-shirt, and sweat is flowing down in the gym, which is not up to a selfie. And, comparing ourselves with a picture on a social network, our self-esteem involuntarily falls. Whether we realize it or not.
We compare not only our appearance with someone else’s, but also life. Someone lives more interestingly, earns and travels more, someone has a boyfriend or girlfriend, but you don’t have all this. In 2016, the Scope Foundation conducted a survey of 1,500 people, thanks to which they learned that more than half of young people aged 18-34 feel unattractive. Respondents noted that they observe the career achievements and happy relationships of others and this makes them feel like failures.

For the first time, the relationship between depression and time spent on the Internet was discovered in 1998 by the American psychologist Robert Kraut. He called it the paradox of the Internet: a technology that was supposed to give people unprecedented freedom to communicate has led to the isolation of its users.
Facebook depression can be triggered by the feeling of worthlessness and isolation that occurs when posts get a small number of likes.
Likes are a simple expression of social approval: if you don’t get them, many people start worrying about whether their friends like them, lowering their self-esteem.
However, it is important to note that social networks are, of course, a way not only to “lower” one’s own importance, but also to increase it. Thanks to social networks, everyone has the opportunity to feel like a star at least in the virtual world. Of course, not everyone takes advantage of this “opportunity”, but, as a rule, young people or people with an immature identity.

“Social networks are generally called upon to make up for what a person lacks in ordinary life, whether it is self-satisfaction, communication or information. Someone posts on the social network just to share their thoughts, while for someone it is the reaction of other people to these that is important thoughts – comments and “likes” (we are not talking about those who create pages on social networks for commercial purposes)”

How to save your self-esteem?

Unfollow the accounts of people you are openly jealous of;

Accept the fact that many people are prettier and more successful than you. Therefore, you should not compare. Get inspired;

Learn to love and accept yourself for who you are. Fortunately, there are a large number of diverse, “not crawled” bloggers on the Internet.

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