Peer pressure is not a new concept; one has always strived to keep up with the Joneses. Social media has exacerbated peer pressure by making them not just immediate neighbors with greener lawn, but distant human beings whose lawn may or may not even exist. Once touted as as a means of break out of conformity, social media, with its hidden “advertisement” agenda, has been fully co-opted with the human need to belong.
- While peer pressure in limited form is beneficial in order to succeed, too much of it is necessarily evil.
- A recent study shows that envy is a key motivator behind social networking, creating a vicious cycle of jealousy and self-importance.
- Alcohol and drug usage is influenced significantly by social media - 75% of teenagers who see the pictures develop an urge to "party like that".
- Youngsters invested emotionally in social media suffer from low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.
- Strangely, the display of an idyllic household on social networks tends to arouse feelings of inferiority leading to anxiety and depression.
It is important to realize ourselves and instil in our children, an awareness of the evils of unrealistic messages about the body, practices and life itself, which social media could perpetrate. Life is like a pre-edited version of a movie, bloopers and all, and bloopers are perhaps what makes life picture perfect in the long run.
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