Having self esteem has been a challenge for many. And you may even know someone who is avoiding social media because it affects with their self confidence.
Surprisingly for some, socializing online actually offers a lot of benefits. And current research shows that social media can actually help boost self-esteem.
How social media boosts self esteem
Networking on social media allows you to connect with others, building new relationships and strengthening established one. Getting “likes” and other positive feedback boosts moods and increases self confidence.
By uploading photos and videos, you can share your special moments with those in your circle. And their responses create feelings of belonging and acceptance.
Social media also creates a bridge over long distances, allowing you to stay in touch with family and friends around the world.
Ways to use social media to your advantage
Social media is a great way to find old friends and stay connected to current ones. It allows you to share your special moments, and find out what’s happening in their world.
Social networks can also be educational. Use sites like Pinterest to get new recipes, organization tips and DIY instruction. Networks like Facebook allow users to gain support and encouragement around their daily issues.
And if you just need a mental break in your day, social media can serve as a fun distraction. With games, funny videos and memes, you can find a lot to take your mind off of your worries.
Signs you need to take a break
Like with every tool, there are good ways and bad ways to use it. Learning to use social media to improve self esteem, not lower it, is the key to getting the most out of it.
If you come away feeling negative or bad about yourself when on social sites, it’s time to make some changes. This may mean taking a break, or simply steering clear of certain “posters” in your network.
If you find yourself constantly comparing yourself to others or feeling inadequate for not having the life you want, there may be deeper issues you need to address – away from social media. You can always take a break from social media or stop using it all together if it’s causing you harm.
Ultimately, it’s your choice whether social media will be helpful or harmful to you. Since it’s is a large part of our world today, it’s important to learn to use it for your advantage and build self esteem.
Dr. Mike Malone and his team practice expert cosmetic dentistry in Lafayette, LA. Dr. Malone is the former president and accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also the official Cosmetic Dentist of the Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA pageants.