Essay on Social Media and Self-Esteem

3949 Words Apr 26th, 2016 16 Pages
Social media and Self-esteem
Anh Phung
Abstract
In this day and age, social media has become an integral part of our lives. It has created a platform for people to share information instantly and communicate with people all around the world. Facebook is the most outstanding example of successful social media network. According to the first quarter 2015 earnings announcement by Facebook, the site has achieved 1.44 billion active users per month, and 65% of which are daily active users. Other social networking sites such as Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn are also a powerful means of communication. With such a large audience, social networking sites provide ample opportunities to acquire information, network, and connect with friends.
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One possible explanation was that since social media has made it easier for people to get a glimpse of others’ personal lives, it is unavoidable that its users will compare themselves to their connections on the Internet. This comparison often draws people’s attention to their own limitations, thus lowers the confidence in themselves (Angie Zuo, 2014).
When I looked at these two studies, I was really puzzled by how social media can have such reverse influences on its users. One question that immediately crossed my mind was “Which factor determines how social networking sites affect a person’s level of self-esteem?” In this paper, I will focus on answering this central question. I will first present and analyze previous scholarly researches on the use of social media and self-esteem. From my own assessment combined with the conclusion of researches that I have studied, I will propose my hypothesis: the use of social networking sites helps boost the self-esteem of people who engage in self-focused activities, and lower the self-esteem of people who focus the attention on other people. I will demonstrate my method to test the hypothesis, which includes conducting a survey for people using social networking sites to collect necessary data, and running regression to find if there is any statistical significance between my variables.
Literature Review
Nowadays, logging into a social networking site and scrolling

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