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Self Esteem and Facebook

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Kendal Hayes

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Transcript of Self Esteem and Facebook

Facebook and Self Esteem
How Social Media is Affecting Teens

Gross, Doug. "Study: Facebook Helps Your Self-esteem." CNN. Cable News Network, 01 Mar. 2011. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

Works Cited
Self Esteem and Social Media
Kendal Hayes ; ENGL 1302
In the study “The relationship between social media and self-worth”, Tufts University Cognitive and Brain Science Major Alvaro J. Soltero gave examples of Twitter, facebook, Instagram and Linkedin each having a "measure" or "qouta". Studies were conducted alongside by the University of Salford in Manchester, UK in 2011 and the University of Gothenberg's Research Institute "Sweden' largest facebook study" have came to results that have concluded that facebook has had emotional and mental effects to its participants due to the usage of social media. University of Gothenberg's and Univ. of Salford's studies resulted with users participating on facebook on average for openly participate in narcisstic, time consuming, and bragging activities that could provoke and antagonize other users. Users have been reported to have or have had a senseof " anxiety and uneasiness when they were not able to access their email or social media by choice" in the University of Salford study by Alvero.

Other publishings such as "Facebook Helps Your Self Esteem" by Former CNN Web/Tech Reporter Doug Cross reported a study and research by Cornell University that Facebook provides a "quick ego boost". A group of students who were instructed to sit in a computer lab and some were able to access facebook while others sat there with their monitor off. Those who were able to access Facebook felt a "sense of peace and confidence" while the others were upset and bothered that they were not able to do so as their counterparts. Even with the personal expressive blog by Eden Freidmen titled " Technology: Complicating Human Relationships One Sub Tweet at a time" a young lady in high school at the time expressed how communication and self esteem was affected amongst her peers with " the void of judgment and the understanding of judgement without having means to express it".

The Conversation
I definitely stand by saying that Social Media has more a negative affect rather than positive concerning the self esteem of its users. It doesnt affect everyone as a whole but majority to where it is a concern regarding behavioral and psychological issues amongst users and their peers. Young Huffington Post Blogger Eden Friedman spoke about the insecurites and anxieties being created and intensified by the pressures of social media with the need and attentive approach in her writing "Technology: Complicating Human Relationships One Subtweet at a Time". University of Gothenberg's Facebook study gave actual statistics that gave results out of 1000 individuals "provoking each other purposely" meanwhile women who "reported using facebook more felt less happy and less content with their lives". There have been cases like in the Youtube Video " How Social Media Is Affecting Teens" by CBC National News that have resulted in young teens/adults have backlashed due to social media in actual physical confrontations and at worse commited suicide due to social media being used inappopriately. Neurologists have reported that the missing link with communication in physical to where our world is so engulfed in Social Media, The Internet, or Technology that there is now a missing link or growth of emotional and interactive awareness especially with how we talk to one another. That is the reason why I take upon the stance that Social Media can have more of a negative influence rather than positive when concerning self-esteem and self-confidence. It can be said by others like Doug Cross that it can give a confidence boost but overall, especially in a younger developing mind, it could be detrimental to their psyche socially and emotionally.
Social Media has become a strong aspect in our lives today. There any many influences and aspects that are varied and questioned when an educated hypothesis of how or why an individual feels the way they feel about themselves. Social Media as the mogult it is has become an huge influence due to the over exposure and interaction it recieves to where it makes me want wonder; does Social Media like facebook have a positive or negative influence on the self-confidence or self-worth of its users?
With the consideration of the numerous studies and actual events that has led to mental, physical and sometimes mortal consequences that have contributed to the effects of social media being negatively impacted in our generation today.
Soltero, Alvaro J., and Gerald Kierce. "The Relationship Between Social Media and Self-Worth." The Social U. Alvaro J. Soltero/ Gerald Kierce, 30 Jan. 2013. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. <http://thesocialu101.com/the-relationship-between-social-media-and-self-worth/>.
CBCTheNational. “How Social Media Is Affecting Teens” Online Video Clip. YouTube. Feb 24. 2014. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

Friedman, Eden. "Technology: Complicating Human Relationships One Subtweet at a Time." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 22 July 2014. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eden-friedman/teens-and-technology_b_5348389.html>.

Denti, Ledi, Isak Barbopoulos, Ida Nilsson, LInda Holmberg, Magdelena Thulin, Malin Wendeblad, Lisa Anden, and Emelie Davidsson. "Sweden's Largest Facebook Study." Gothenberg Research Institute: GRI-rapport 2012:3 : Sweden's Largest Facebook Study (2012): 1-38. A Survery of 1000 Swedish Facebook Users. University of Gothenberg, 2012. Web. 2 May 2016.
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