Self-esteem plays a central role in mental health, yet not enough is known about how youth evaluate themselves as they move across adolescence. This study explores young girls’ narrations of the relationship between self-esteem and peer comparison on social media and to explore how contemporary social media influences related to young girl’s self-esteem. Myers et al. (2001) further studied self-reported influences on self-esteem involving the media, sexual harassment, body image, family and peer relationships, and emotional expression were evaluated with 116 girls and 93 boys in the grades five to twelve. Girls reported lower self-esteem and more negative body image and media influence than boys across grade levels.
Ever since internet use became a common leisure activity, researchers has been interested in investigating its consequences for well-being and self-esteem. According to Valkenburg et al. (2006) their study shows the consequences of adolescents’ use of friend networking sites for their social self-esteem and well being. Teenager’s self-esteem was affected solely by the tone of the feedback that adolescents received on their profiles, like positive feedback will help her to gain more self-esteem because she thinks she values more; and negative feedback decreased their self-esteem. About 78% teens always or predominantly received positive feedback on their profiles. However a small percentage of teens about 7% did predominantly or always receive negative feedback on their profiles.
“Miss Representation” explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. Because of social media, lots of teenagers suffers from eating disorder, depression, and school bullying, and suicide. Many people haven’t realized how social media can knock young girls’ self-esteem. “When I look at someone else’s post and I think: They are just so perfect, they are so pretty, their life is so cool.” which will make you to think everyone is having better time than you. It will make you feel not good about yourself, because you think: “what’s wrong with me? Why aren’t I having that sort of time or life?” we need to let all of them to remember: people post their best moments. No one’s life is high point after high point.
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Polce-Lynch, Mary, Barbara J. Myers, Wendy Kliewer, and Christopher Kilmartin. “Adolescent Self-Esteem and Gender: Exploring Relations to Sexual Harassment, Body Image, Media Influence, and Emotional Expression.” SpringerLink. Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers, Apr. 2001. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.