Generation Z have been brought up with the internet and social media engulfing their everyday lives. Social media has impacted young girls and boys confidence and their self-esteem due to the simple Like button. Instagram is one of the many popular social media sites. The app allows any one around the world to upload a picture of themselves and allows other friends and or the public to like the photo. Instagram can be a wonderful ability for people to stay updated on what others are doing; especially for families or friends living around the world.
Unfortunately, social media does not always have a positive impact. The ability to gain likes or interest from other users can have some psychological influences on the individual. The simple thought process of the more likes I get the more popular I am is a damaging perception of the person’s self-esteem and their friendships. As the years pass, younger and younger children are engaging in personal social media accounts. Unfortunately, this may have a negative impact on the children and adolescents mental health. The down-grading thought process that “they do not look good because they only received 10 likes on their recent photo” can have a greater effect on their self-esteem and furthermore effect their schooling.
In addition to themselves posting photos it is easily accessible to scroll through other girls photos, including super models. Comparing yourself to others negatively may cause serious health risks such as unhealthy dieting and exercise or develop an eating disorder.
Young children and adolescents are vulnerable to peer perceptions. A loss of confidence and self-esteem can have damaging consequences such as an increase in depression and or eating disorders. In addition, when a student has no self-confidence and or depression their academic studies are more likely to become negatively affected. Mental health disorders such as depression can have an effect on short-term memory loss. Therefore, affecting student’s performance in situations such as tests and exams.
Although allowing your child(ren) to have a social media account may initially seem acceptable as many children do. The initial thought may cause more damaging impact on your children’s mentality than originally intended.