Negative Effects Of Facebook On Self-Esteem

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Negative impact of Facebook on self-esteem Facebook is said to have negative effect on academic achievement. It is a distraction from studying, causes reduction of learning and a waste of time. It also bears potential threat on one’s feelings of self-esteem. Since users use Facebook as an extension of self-identity, one cannot simply ignore the idea of comparing one’s self to others and be either positively or negatively affected by it. In a study by Steers et al., (2014), it suggested that social comparisons made on Facebook are associated with depressive symptoms. Frequent engagement in social comparisons can negatively impact one’s mental well-being. Furthermore, individuals with low self-esteem may end up feeling worse due to the effects of social comparison on social networking sites such as Facebook (Steers et al., 2014). Further study by Chou & Edge (2012), it was found that Facebook use is linked to people’s perceptions of other people’s lives. In a study at the state university in Utah with undergraduate students, it was found that Facebook use was directly associated to people perceiving other users as happier and more successful. Facebook engagements among individuals who are already predisposed to depressive behaviors may further negatively impact mental health. (Pantic, 2014). Constant self-evaluation, competition with other users, and incorrectly perceiving other users’ lives invoke feelings of jealousy and narcissistic behavior, both of which can lower
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