I chose this question because social media and its effect on impressionable minds is something that I’m passionate about, and also something that a lot of people I know struggle with. I think the power that social media has over young people is overpowering and can cause self-image issues as well as lower self-esteem. People on social media only show the good parts of themselves and their lives, which makes it an impossible expectation to meet. Comparing yourself to others online is an uphill battle with no winner. The only outcome is feeling horrible about yourself and an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness.
Children and teenagers are seeing things on social media that can make them feel extremely self-conscious. If they spend more than 3 hours a day on social media, they are twice as likely to have mental health problems like feeling sad or anxious. However, most teenagers spend even more time on social media, totaling at least 3.5 hours a day. Almost half of them say that social media makes them feel worse about their bodies. “Up to 95% of young people aged 13-17 report using a social media platform. Nearly two-thirds of teenagers report using social media every day and one-third report using social media ‘almost constantly.'” This statistic begins to make a lot of sense when you realize how much time teenagers devote to social media alone.