Is Social Media Bad For Self-Esteem?

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Posted on: 07 April 2017 by Yasmine Carr

Everyone loves social media, but could it have harmful effects on your self-esteem and the way you see yourself? Read this article to find out.

Social media makes the news in a lot of ways, and not all of them are positive. You frequently hear of young people being bullied online, comparing themselves to their peers, and sometimes making devastating choices as a result.

Does that mean that social media is entirely bad and you should avoid it? Or can you use it healthfully? The first step to answering these questions is to recognize the ways social media can damage your self-esteem, and what you can do to stop it.

Read on to find out more.

Ads Can Breed Discontentment

Are you tired of feeling like your life just isn’t enough? One of the first steps to take is to watch less advertising.

However, on social media ads are everywhere. They’re on the sidebars, in sponsored posts, and being shared by friends that are selling various products.

Ads are designed to make you take action – specifically, to buy something. They do this by playing on your emotions, making you discontent with the way your life currently is. And this can wreak havoc on your self-esteem if you’re not careful.

Pictures of perfect-looking people in beautiful clothes, wealthy business owners inviting you into an opportunity, and more can make you feel like you simply don’t measure up. Keep in mind that these pictures don’t depict reality. The people in those images are often models and photoshopped. How do you compete with that?

By realizing this, you can keep your self-image stable and ignore the ads.

You See Others’ Highlights

What do you share on social media: a great moment with your kids or your toddler’s fifth meltdown of the day? Of course, you share the good times. So does everyone else.

As a result, you may fall into the trap of comparing your entire life to other peoples’ highlight reel. This can be terrible for your self-esteem. If you believe that the pictures and stories you see on social media represent the overall reality of someone else’s life, there’s no way your life measures up.

Fortunately, by simply remembering that you don’t share your worst moments online, you can realize that other people also don’t. Everyone has bad moments, bad days, even bad weeks and months. They don’t necessarily share those struggles online. No one is perfect, so you don’t have to be either.

You’re Tempted to Keep Up with Others’ Posting

Do you ever feel like everyone has time to post pictures and updates online except you? Are you frustrated that you don’t have time to carefully edit every photo for perfect lighting and the best filter?

You’re not alone.

While there are people who focus a lot on creating social media images using Tumblr banner templates, photo apps, and more, it doesn’t mean that’s all they do. Don’t pressure yourself to “keep up with the Joneses’” on social media.

Maybe it’s a hobby for your friend or relative, or maybe they’ve learned a specific method they enjoy using over and over. Regardless, everyone’s life is just as full as yours, so don’t compare yourself to their online presence.

In the end, the best way to protect your self-esteem on social media is to focus on being yourself. Don’t compare yourself to what you see in ads or even your friends’ news feeds. It’s challenging, but you can use social media and still feel good about yourself.

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