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Social Media’s Impact on Self Esteem in Adolescents

Social media has been linked to higher levels of loneliness, envy, anxiety, depression, narcissism and decreased social skills


Social media can be a valuable communication tool in regards to staying informed of world news and events, maintaining contact with friends and family and other purposes such as watching videos, finding recipes, creating events, etc. While social media can be used in a positive way, it can also be used negatively.

Studies show that adolescents’ self esteem can suffer from social media misconduct. Actions such as “Facebragging,” harassment and other forms of cyberbullying can be contribute to feelings of sadness or depression. Sometimes, these actions can lead to violence or possibly death.

Knowing how to identify troublesome online behavior is essential to keeping adolescents safe – even from themselves.

#1 Impacts of self-esteem and empathy on cyber bullies, victims

This paper investigated the impacts of self-esteem and empathy on cyber bullies, victims and bystanders. Additionally, it also examined their impacts on emotional responses experienced, and actions taken by the perpetrators, victims and bystanders.

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#2 The psychological effects of posting, viewing selfies

Taking selfies and groupies and sharing them to social media is a popular online activity. This study aimed to examine the psychological effects of posting and viewing selfies and groupies on social media.

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#4 Social Media and Self Doubt

With social media, teens have the ability to show the best and most enviable moments while hiding struggles, and the merely ordinary aspects of day-to-day life. There’s evidence those images are causing stress among kids. Donna Wick, EdD, founder of Mind-to-Mind Parenting, says that for teenagers the combined weight of vulnerability, the need for validation, and a desire to compare themselves with peers forms what she describes as a “perfect storm of self-doubt.”

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#6 Is social media contributing to the rising teen suicide rate?

Sadie Riggs, 15, had dreamed of becoming a lawyer, firefighter or veterinarian. In her freshman year of high school, kids starting making fun of her for her red hair and braces. Sadie was tormented on Facebook, Instagram and Kik, where classmates would tell her to kill herself. Her mother went to the police, contacted Instagram headquarters and even broke her phone. On June 19, Sadie hanged herself. Recent studies have shown a rise in both teen suicides and self-harm, particularly among teenage girls.

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#8 Psychological effects from cyberbullying on adolescents

This study examined the adolescent psychological effects of face-to-face and cyberbullying, The results of this study showed how the current adolescent generation may be affected psychologically from bullying exposure through face-to-face, cyber and both mediums. (Pages 17-22)

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#11 Exploring how teens use online experiences to navigate life

More and more, communication online is increasing, and teenagers are the fastest growing adopters of new platforms. Communication scholars have begun to consider young people’s experiences online, comparing online and offline interactions, establishing how developmental stages affect youth’s engagement with online content, and documenting risks for youth’s experience online.

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