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Social media has become a huge part of our life, but what are its adverse effects?
Over the course of the last ten years, social media has become a vital part of our lives, but it came at a high price. Social networking sites, such as Instagram, have become increasingly popular among teenagers and young adults.
Not a single day goes by without everyone in the world scrolling their social networks. While a small handful of social networking platforms were in use at the turn of the century, the advent of Facebook in 2004 launched a new era of how people interacted online.
As the years went by, image-based social media became increasingly popular among younger users, especially teens and young adults. This is part of a change in the perception people have of themselves. This is a new way of setting beauty parameters for everyone. But not only that, but social networks also mold the way in which we live our experiences, the way in which we evaluate our well-being. The question "is my life Instagram-worthy?" might sound silly, but it is having an impact on the younger ones.
Instagram is a mobile application where users can post photos and videos with attached captions. In response to these posts, other users are encouraged to like, comment, and engage with one another.
So, people have become excessively aware of how they look online. Online perception has become even more important than the real image. The intense usage of social media can distort oneself image and become a problem for your self-esteem.
Teens and young adults have connected themselves so much to social media that they live their lives through it, and this affects their self-esteem. People are constantly seeing each other on social media reflecting a life that is not real.
Some researchers developed what they called the dual-factor model of social media use. Their first factor emanates from an individual’s need to belong. This need relates to the human desire to associate with others and gain acceptance, and the inherent human fear of missing out (FOMO).
Instagram has become part of people, but the key is to understand that the Instagram world is a fake one and not the real world. It is only once we understand this concept that social networks will stop affecting our wellbeing. Until then, we might want to reconsider before believing everything we see is true!