Researchers Look At Social Media’s Impact On Self-Worth

Researchers Look At Social Media’s Impact On Self-Worth


SHE WILL REMAIN IN THE ICU OVERNIGHT. DOCTORS SAY SHE IS DOING GREAT AND SHOULD MAKE A FULL RECOVERY. A SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE INCREASES AS RESEARCHERS USE OR LOOK AT THE QUALITY OF YOUTH AND SELF-WORTH. TEENAGERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO FEEL BETTER ABOUT THEMSELVES. IT IS THE NEW WAY OF COMMUNICATING. Reporter: TEENAGERS USE IT THE MOST. IT STARTS CONVERSATIONS. RESEARCH SUGGEST THE INTERACTION COULD BE MORE ABOUT THE QUALITY OF USE RATHER THAN QUANTITY. IT IS ENTERTAINMENT BUT HAS A LOT OF SOCIAL ASPECTS. Reporter: RESEARCHERS ARE LOOKING AT HOW USE MAY BE MORE HARMFUL THAN ACTIVE USE. SOME SITES ARE DESIGNED TO BE MORE PHOTO CENTRIC. WE TEND TO AS USERS PUT OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD. WE PRESENT HIGHLY CURATED VERSIONS OF OURSELVES. THIS FEATURE INVITES UPWARD COMPARISON. SOCIAL COMPARISON CAN LEAD TO FEAR OF MISSING OUT. IT IS ASSOCIATED WITH LOWER LEVELS OF WELL-BEING. IT IS LINKED TO HIGH LEVELS OF DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS AND LOW LEVELS OF GLOBAL SELF-WORTH. WHILE THESE TEAMS AGREE THAT LURKING COULD CAUSE DEPRESSION, THEY BELIEVE OTHER THINGS MAY BE AT WORK. SOCIAL MEDIA CAN CAUSE IT BUT I DON’T THINK IT IS JUST ABOUT. IF YOU ARE FEELING LEFT OUT AT SCHOOL OR WITH YOUR FRIENDS LOOKING AT PICTURES ONLINE WILL MAKE THAT FEELING WORSE. RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THIS PHENOMENON COULD BE GENERATIONAL. IF THEY ARE ACTIVELY INTERACTING WITH OTHER PEOPLE IT MAY BE A WAY OF GETTING SOCIAL NEEDS FULFILLED. RESEARCHERS SAY IT NEEDS FURTHER STUDY. BEING CONNECTED IS GOOD FOR

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