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In my research essay, I want to look at how social media can impact the way one views themselves. Specifically, I want to see how creating a false persona to please others can be detrimental to one’s self-image. Children now are being raised with new technology, and growing up online causes negative effects on their mental health. I want to explore the different ways it can affect their mental state, as well as why they need to create a fake persona. Kids now are using social media at an even younger age, so I eventually want to explore how negative self-mages and feelings of depression have changed over time. Social media is used every day, but what are the real consequences of it? I want to dig deeper into this subject to see if social media can potentially be so harmful that one should stop using it altogether. The purpose of social media may not be to connect us others, but for the individual to find themselves, even if that means creating fake persona of themselves starting at a young age.


Wired for Distraction: Kids and Social Media

The Essential Content of this Article: Teens who are using social media every day become multitaskers. As multitaskers, it is harder for them to focus on one thing at a time. There are so many things that can happen offline in their daily lives too, which in turn doesn’t create a sense of self.

What it Proves: Social media has a negative impact on kids. Their brains are functioning differently, which causes them to not focus as well as others. Between being online and not focusing on real world problems, and participating in real life but being distracted from their phone, social media takes away their sense of self.


Childhood maltreatment and problematic social media use: The role of attachment and depression

The Essential Content of this Article: Childhood maltreatment causes children to overuse social media when they are young adults. The most common maltreatment being emotional abuse. Because of this treatment, children go online to cope with their feelings. Their insecure attachment anxiety is so high that the only way they feel as they can handle it is constantly using social media, which in turn creates a sense of comfort to them, but creates more feelings of depression.

What it Proves: Overuse of social media due to childhood abuse can create feelings of depression and false perceptions of themselves. However, because of their depression, going online helps them cope and connect to others rather than feeling anxious when having to communicate with people in real life. This overuse of social media is the only coping strategy that works for them as they never had a positive role model to look up to that could help them.


Growing Up Wired: Social Networking Sites and Adolescent Psychosocial Development

The Essential Content of this Article: Social networking sites affect offline relationships. Instead of wanting to stand out, individuals will try to be like everyone else. They change their identity depending on who their audience is. Social comparison affects teens in real life. The excessive use of social idea to create a perception of themselves can cause a disorder called Internet addiction. This can cause psychological symptoms like ADHD and depression.

What it Proves: Using social networking sites cause teens who have a low sense of connectivity to create a fake persona of themselves online to help connect to others. Even though they could be misleading people with the information they provide, they can connect to many different audiences. Their social emotional developments are an effect from their online persona, and if they cause positive self-esteem.


Clinical Report—The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families

The Essential Context of this Article: Social media can create negative offline behaviors. Becoming consumed with social media can lead to cyberbullying, depression and creating false identities to please others.

What it Proves: A risk in active social media use can create a fake persona of oneself to avoid bullying, both online and offline, as well as privacy issues. Posting information that isn’t true can follow them for the rest of their lives and pose safety risk. However, parents can help their child learn the risks of their behaviors and consequences of their online actions.


Growing up Online

The Essential Context of this Article: Growing up with technology creates a separation from children and parents and an unhealthy relationship with the internet. Using the internet everyday ultimately makes adolescents create an identity of themselves

What it Proves: Constantly using social media makes teens create a perception of themselves. But it may not always be the version of themselves that is true for them. What others think of them is more important than who they actually are, so they will be a different version of themselves. This can be detrimental to their self-image.

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