Surfing through selfies tied to low self-esteem

Posted at 3:53 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 18:26:36-04
It’s not surprising to learn that social media can affect how you feel about yourself. Penn State researchers conducted an online survey and evaluated 255 responses. They found that participants who frequently viewed other people’s selfies had lower self-esteem. Spending too much time on social media websites can also trigger jealousy and affect life satisfaction. 
It’s common for most people to post photos when they're happy or proud of something. Some people compare their selfies and lives to others and feel their life is not as great or fulfilling. 
You shouldn’t look to social media to feel better about yourself. Instead, be aware of what’s going on inside your mind and take steps to boost your self-esteem. 
Here are some suggestions on how to tackle a social media problem:
1. Make a list of your strengths and achievements. Include your smallest successes and allow time to feel proud of your accomplishments.
2. Change the way you think about yourself. You deserve to feel good so think positive thoughts and challenge any negative thinking.
3. Connect with others who share the same problem. Self-help groups can help you build self-esteem skills. Ask your doctor for a referral.
4. Parents be sure to nurture self-esteem in your children. Low self-esteem can start in childhood so be sure to praise your child’s efforts and avoid harsh criticism.
The study found people with a strong desire to look popular actually got a boost in self-esteem because their selfie postings fulfilled this desire. Other studies have shown women’s self-esteem can be boosted when their selfies get positive messages. The bottom line is, don’t compare your life to others and work on improving your relationship with yourself.