Social Media And Its Effect On Society Essay

1246 Words Oct 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Facebook has only existed for a little more than 10 years. It started as a small social network for only Harvard students, but it in less than a decade Facebook had grown into a total success worth over 245 billion dollars. How could this happen in such a short amount of time? It’s because of the addictive nature of social media. Even though it can deprive people of normal social interaction, people still are addicted to the euphoric feeling it provides. Some people may say that social media benefits society in a positive way, but social media deprives people of real friendships because it creates low self esteem, it takes away the skills necessary to develop friendships, and it takes away time from real, face to face interaction. Many people, especially those in their teenage years struggle with self esteem. However, social media is not the answer for self esteem issues. In “a study conducted by The University of Gothenburg in Sweden”, it was found that there was a “significant negative relationship between [social media and self esteem]” (Williams). This means, that the more social media used by an individual, the more likely they were to have low self esteem. Social media may even lead to serious health conditions besides low self esteem. “Facebook is making it easier for people to spend more time and energy criticizing their own bodies and wishing they looked like someone else,” said Dr. Harry Brandt. “It’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to remove…

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