Do you remember growing up without social media? Or without a phone? It feels like a vague memory from the past that kids nowadays will never know. Yet, everywhere we go, we have our phones in our hands, a friend to take a picture of us, and people to show on social media platforms. While this might have its own advantages, but there are consequences. Hence, what’s the impact of social media on identity?
Benefits of Social Media
There’s no doubt that social media has its own benefits. It has changed the world to become what it is today. Firstly, social media has opened doors to learning opportunities for kids and adults. There’s always a chance to learn something new. Secondly, social media gives you a chance to connect with others and constantly communicate. This helps the youth learn about different cultures, be creative, develop skills, and most importantly, have fun.
Moreover, social media opened doors for news outlets and reach a new audience. This helps to impact the youth’s identity by helping them learn about issues around the world and shape their own opinion. So, there’s always room to learn and grow.
It’s also an excellent area for marketers to expand their target audience research and find people interested in their products.
Impact of Social Media on Identity
Sadly, there are plenty of negative impacts of social media on identity. Social media affects one’s self-esteem due to bullying, oversharing, and comparing yourself to others.
In fact, a large number of children and teens prefer hiding behind a computer screen rather than socializing face-to-face with friends. Others change what they listen to, how they dress, their personality, and even the type of people they hang out with to be socially accepted.
In addition, FOMO or the fear of missing out has become common among people. Constantly checking what others are doing, not being invited to certain events, and more will impact your self-esteem and identity.
Lastly, many people use social media to bully others. Hiding behind a screen, people are constantly criticizing others and criticizing them to make them feel bad about themselves. This has an emotional impact on the victims, leading them to become anxious, depressed, and in some cases suicidal.
This reflects that social media has impacted people’s mental health and led many to suffer from depression, anxiety, and sleep deprivation while constantly comparing themselves to others and trying to be ‘socially’ accepted. As a result, this has a negative impact on forming a person’s identity and how they feel about themselves.
Like everything else, social media has its advantages and disadvantages. How you deal with it is key to knowing who you are. Are you looking for more likes? Or are you being yourself and posting what you love? Knowing what you want makes you happier and helps you express yourself the way you want to.