By Erik Pacheco ’20
Social media is a platform that enables users to create, share content, or be in contact with other users around the world. Social media has been around for about 40 years, and it’s no surprise that social media has been impacting the lives of many. In today’s society, it seems as if we can not function properly without the help of some sort of media communication, like Email, Snapchat, or Facebook. However, there is a negative side of social media: lowering self-esteem and establishing depression in your life.
Social Media Lowering Your Self Esteem
Social networking is an awful place for you if you’re wanting to lift your self-esteem. Reason? Well, let me tell you, social media is where you can express yourself by posting selfies or pictures of anything in general; however, the sad part about it is that there are “likes,” which if you don’t get a lot of likes, comments, or reactions, it means that “you’re ugly” or “you’re not popular.” In this case, your self-esteem can reach an all-time low and cause you to reach a state of depression – we’ll get into that later.
Other people looking or living better than you on social media is very common, you’ll experience more often than you think. As I’ve mentioned previously, in social media you can post your daily life and/or selfies showing your “good” side, so you’ll encounter a lot of people that you think are living “better” than yours or look way “better” than you. Because of that, you’ll start to feel like you’re not worth it and make your self-esteem awful.
All this talk about being “less” than other people because of your looks could eventually lead you to the state of depression.
Social Media Leading you to the State of Depression
Depression, as defined by the dictionary, is “feelings of severe despondency and dejection,” which basically means “how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.” Okay, with this being said, social media can cause you to be depressed because you’ve seen yourself not be put on the pedestal for “beauty” or having a “perfect” life. This is honestly a pretty dumb thing to think about yourself. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and no one can change that or affect it.
Personal encounter and how I deal with it?
I have personally encountered people looking better than me and having a “better” life than me; however, I see myself as the most beautiful person in the world and no one is going to change my mind. I see people having fun like somewhere in L.A., but I have fun too. People should adore their life because everyone’s life is interesting and amazing. All of this is what social media has and will be doing to lives, whether that be present day or future.