What If Social Media Affects Self-Esteem?

–Social Media is everywhere–

According to a recent national survey, the more time that is spent viewing your friends’ status updates and posts of their lives, the more a person naturally will compare their life to the updates. This can create a sense of happiness, jealousy or sorrow. It would interesting to conduct a survey of college students to find out what emotion they feel when they see an update of another person’s success on a social media website.

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It is thought that the constant positive updates of your Facebook friends will have a negative effect on your self-esteem. You will start to compare your life to the happy and succesful updates on your news feed.

According to Psychologist Mudra India Muskesh you should have no more than 354 friends on Facebook. In Mukesh’s study, Facebook users were asked how they felt about their life achievements. The users who had just viewed their friends’ status updates gave themselves lower ratings, and those with over 354 friends felt more inadequate in comparison to those with less friends.

As you can see on the graph below, social networking is on the rise and does not seem to be decreasing anytime soon.

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University of Haifa study discovered that the more time adolescent girls spend on Facebook, the more likely they are to develop an eating disorder due to self-comparisons. 

I would like to do my own experiment with conducted studies of both males and females, I would have college students complete surveys answering: how many social media website accounts they have active, how often they update their accounts, how many notifications per day they receive, and which emotion they feel strongest when they see positive updates from their friends’ achievements. The results on teen girls are shocking and it would be interesting to find out the results on college age students.

It is hypothesized that people who are more narcissistic or those who have lower self-esteem are more likely to spend more of their time with social media. I would have college students complete another survey to discover their levels of self-esteem and how much time is being spent on social media.

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