Essay on Social Media And Its Effects On Society

1070 Words Nov 15th, 2015 5 Pages
We all know the sound of that Facebook pop. The excitement we may get knowing that we have a Facebook notification. People join social media outlets for various reasons; Facebook can be wonderful for connecting across the world, staying in contact with business partners, friends, and family. Clearly, those connections are appealing because three years after its release, Facebook already had an estimated 21 million members (Ellison, Steinfield, & Lampe, 2007). As of June 2015, there were an estimated 1.49 billion Monthly Active Users (MAUs) (Facebook, Inc., 2015). According to research by Feinstein (2013), the more one uses social media, the higher their risk of depressive behavior and depression (Feinstein et al., 2013). Other studies reported that Facebook users most often had poor self-esteem compared with participants who did not use Facebook or spent less time on Facebook (Vogel, Rose, Roberts, &Eckles, 2014). Self-esteem is self-value; how much value people place on themselves (Baumeister, Campbell, Krueger, & Vohs, 2003). With this, we are forced to ask, is social media doing more harm than it is good? Does social media negatively impact a person’s level of self-esteem? Social Comparison is the comparison of oneself with others in order to evaluate or compare opinions and abilities (Suls, Martin, & Wheeler, 2002; Festinger, 1954). People engage in social comparison for many reasons, some of those including uncertainty and lack of evidence towards our own opinions, or…

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