Increasing reports of the negative impact of social media on young people’s self-esteem cannot be ignored, but are they true?
Young people are connected more than ever before and with that connectivity comes some concerns for parents.
There are now a number of popular social media platforms with different functions that young people in Ireland use.
Young people’s use of technology
Technology as they say is neutral, these are really tools to enable communication and entertainment.
While the evidence to support the negative impact on young people’s mental health seems to come in thick and fast there is plenty of evidence to say the contrary.
Social media allows people to connect no matter where they are with like-minded people. This can be of great comfort and an outlet for young people. It can also allow a platform for self-expression.
Unfortunately, it has also in many ways become a place that provides a benchmark for young people to continuously compare themselves to. Some young people can get caught in trap of gaining their self-worth from a numbers game of likes, shares and follows.