Social Media Causes More Problems Than It Solves

Samantha St. Louis

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Social Media Causes More Problems Than It Solves

Scrolling on social media is definitely a common time passer, especially for teenagers and especially during a pandemic when there is nothing to do and nowhere to go. Maybe it’s a subconscious habit we have formed to fill the recent void that is human interaction, however, it is not a healthy one. Whether it’s Snapchat, Instagram, or TikTok, an excessive amount of social media usage can cause both narcissism and insecurity.

Narcissism can be described as self-centered thinking and an unhealthy need for admiration. Narcissism developed from social media can stem from many different things for example, when someone posts a photo/video they crave the validation that comes with it. The comments, the likes, the shares, all of it. When they get more and more of the virtual attention they begin to think they deserve it, and when they think they deserve it, their head gets bigger and bigger. Another example is when someone stares at their own profile for prolonged periods of time. This is self-absorbed thinking at its finest. Lastly, with new apps and technology, people can edit their photos to make themselves look like however they want. When they do this often and look at those photos for so long, they begin to believe that they actually look like that which again, causes an inflated sense of self.

Insecurities developed from social media commonly come from comparison. So many people see these seemingly perfect people on social media, not realizing that the pictures they see are posed and edited to perfection. The photos that they scroll through can spark an insecurity that they didn’t even know that they had. My face is too round. My legs are too short. My skin isn’t clear enough. The possibilities are endless and comparison is to blame.

Believe me, I know that it’s so easy to get caught up in the glamour that is social media. Personally, I spend about 4 hours on it every day, however, I do think that it is best if we all try to spend a little less time scrolling and a little more time doing activities with benefits. For example, take a walk. Walking is a great way to clear your mind and get in some daily activity. Whatever you decide to do with your time, make sure that it makes you feel good, because overall, that is the goal.