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Negative Effects of Social media – a look into facebook and its impacts on youth in canada
Facebook & Low self-esteem
Looking for sense of validation
Profiles are a reflection of their identity or “true self”
Not enough attention (likes, comments, shares, etc.) can lead to discontent
More likely to post negative content
Impacts not only young generations, but all ages and demographics
Facebook & Low Self-Esteem
(video clip- 4:09-5:46)
Another negative effect surrounding social media, Facebook in particular, is the fact that it can lead to self-esteem issues, although many may not openly admit to it. Our generation and the younger generations are so involved in social media that it often consumes a large part of our day. When we post content, whether that be pictures, textual content, what have you, we are essentially looking for a sense of validation.
*Video clip here*
A quick show of hands:
Who has posted something to a social media site in hopes of gaining likes, comments or shares?
Who has felt good about themselves when they’ve received a significant amount of likes, comments or shares?
So it’s safe to assume that the reverse outcome can create negative effects.
As the video pointed out, a user’s Facebook profile is essentially a reflection of their identity, or their “true self”. Therefore, when someone doesn’t receive the desired amount of likes, they may feel a sense of rejection, discontent and low self-worth.
According to a study done in 2014, “the more you get connected to Facebook, the stronger you feel that the items you post are part of your identity...” This notion can apply to all social media platforms, not just Facebook in particular.
It has also been found that people who have low-self esteem post more negative content than those who have higher self-esteem. This creates a downward trend in the tone of social media posting, ultimately sending the user’s self-esteem in a downward trend as well.
Although our study focuses on the younger generations, these negative effects can impact users of all ages and demographics.