Social media has it’s perks and downsides in all aspects of people’s lives. From how people interact when in their families to how they connect and make new friends based on many different factors. It’s hard to say social media hasn’t impacted all areas of life. Especially if so many people are using social media and are influenced by it. Everyone at least knows a relative or close friend heavily influenced by social media. One of the most revolutionary changes of the internet is how social media has changed our relationships. I don’t think these relationships just span human relationships but also with animals and the environment. The most noticeable one has been between human relationships because most individuals can see the changes and compare them to any of their past experiences. Many people on the internet try to become really popular and well-liked by over-sensationalizing their experiences. This could be by capturing a beautiful scene in nature and then adding filters or Photoshop, or by producing a short video clip of how cute their cat is after forcing the animal to do the thing behind the scenes.
All these aspects create an ideal image of popular people online, which unfortunately many people compare themselves to. One quote from the Huffington Post by R. Kay Green mentions this phenomenon, “…social media effect creates a false sense of self and self-esteem through the use of likes, fans, comments, posts, etc. For many social media users, it is an esteem booster, which explains why so many people spend so much time on social media. It provides many individuals with a false sense of self and an inflated sense of who they really are.” This quote is especially true if other people are under the impression that the person they admire is being their ‘authentic’ self, instead of the curated image most people portray themselves. Additionally, it encourages most people to look at the world around them as means to acquire praise instead of enjoying whatever they’re experiencing. With all the praise people receive online, it ends up basing a person’s self-esteem and worth on what moments they can share with fans or followers online.