How Social Media Affects Self-Esteem

Iris Lee

I’m sure almost all of us have at least one social media app that we scroll through aimlessly every day. And on each of these social media platforms are influencers; who are famous people on those apps.

Influencers look like they are having the time of their lives, with lots of friends, new cars and houses, great looks and more. However half the time, these are fake or just photoshoots. We can’t help but compare ourselves with them when using social media, and this can really hurt our self esteem. Sometimes we don’t compare ourselves to influencers, sometimes it can even be our friend’s social media accounts.

While social media is sometimes touted to combat loneliness, a significant body of research suggests it may have the opposite effect. … By triggering comparison with others, it can raise doubts about self-worth, potentially leading to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression,” says researchers from Australian Christian College.

Comparing ourselves with other people isn’t healthy for our self esteem or mood. It’s much better to compare yourself to yourself, to see how much you are really improving each and every day instead of measuring yourself to some random celebrity.