Long gone are the days of only communicating with people face to face, it seems we are now the generation that hides behind our smartphones. From group WhatsApp chats to silly Snapchats, we are constantly in contact with people. But what affect does this have on us? Megan Aldous investigates
The main thing you see on social media is people posting the highlights of their lives. Uploads of when they are looking their best, when they are at cool places and when they are surrounded by friends. Which leads you to the question, why isn’t my life like that?
I will be the first to admit, that social media has made me feel bad about myself on several occasions. You scroll through picture after picture of beautiful girls with perfect bodies, and then compare yourself to them. I look down at my own body and feel like a marshmallow flump.
I conducted a survey to see how many other people had experienced what I have. The results showed that just under 64% of people agreed, that social media has a bad effect on their confidence and self-esteem. 60 people, both male and female, took part in the questionnaire ranging from the age of 18 to over 35.
Therapist Sandra Moulou believes “the perfect trend” on social media, is the reason behind peoples confidence being affected.
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