Self-Esteem and Social Media
Studies show that social media is highly influencing a person's self-esteem, most of the time negatively. Social media has been linked to higher levels of loneliness, envy, anxiety, depression, narcissism and decreased social skills.
Every day, chronic social media use may negatively affect trait self-esteem, while state self-esteem can also be affected by concomitant use. Research shows that people who use Facebook on a daily basis report higher depression rates and decreased well-being.
Social media allows users to create a persona online, someone they can display for their online friends, most unknown people, a way to increase the appearance of a better life, hiding insecurities from the public eye.
Humans possess a fundamental drive to compare themselves with others in any way possible. This can influence the way of thinking, needs, and the way we make decisions compared with others who did the same or something else in that particular situation.
Studies have shown that people who use Facebook in their everyday life tend to have lower self-esteem than those who use it rarely or not at all.
Facebook users mostly have a negative impact from comparing themselves to others who are “better” than them in terms of their social media presence. And this has a more substantial effect on them than the potential benefits arising from downward social comparisons.