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Social Media Distorts Reality-Arielle Mendelson

Since social media sites have become such an important and regular part of people's lives, new terms have emerged. The terms I am talking about refer to the effects that social media have had on us mentally. Some of these terms include Facebook depression, Facebook envy, and internet addiction. The reason why these terms have come to exist is because for some people social media has distorted their view of reality. 

People can longer understand or accept flaws since what they are seeing online is a painting of a perfect life. The social media site I'm mostly referring to is Facebook. On Facebook people keep up the best pictures with their hair in place, make-up done, and the trendiest outfit. They put up statues talking about things they are accomplishing in their life. Profiles consist of many likes and comments by other people, which some people see as a measure of popularity. 

When we are constantly comparing ourself to others and looking, our 'stalking', our friends Facebook page we become unhappy and dissatisfied with our own life. In fact, recent studies have been done where this has been proven. This is why these terms such as Facebook depression are being treated as a real thing. 

So far, the only thing that has been said that can help resolve these issues are being aware of it, taking breaks/ spending less time on social media. Since Facebook is something thats fairly new there has not been much talk about what to do. People still don't consider these issues as real problem. The reason why people turn to social media so often is because they use it as an escape from reality. They know that their own life consists of flaws and know they won't see that on social media. 

I wanted to research about this topic because I found myself in this situation many times. I spend countless hours on the internet, from my Tumblr to Facebook to Twitter. Unfortunately, reality has been distorted in my eyes because of my use of social media. It can be really difficult at times. It seems a little funny that a website could have such an effect, but does. I have also noticed other girls younger than me that are like this. I have met a few celebrities within the past few years and of course I have tweeted about it. This one girl I know messaged me saying she is jealous of my perfect life. I couldn't believe it because my life is far from perfect. I then realized this ongoing problem of people portraying somewhat 'fake' and 'perfect' lives. 

I wish more people would incorporate their flaws into social media. I think it would only help and benefit all. 

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Erik Marshall's comment, June 11, 2013 1:00 PM
Nice reflections on this interesting subject.
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Is Social Media Making You Depressed?

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Ah, social media. You’ve got followers, friends, and even strangers liking what you did today.
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Constantly staring at and refreshing our social media pages is what leads us to something called "internet addiction". With an addiction to the internet people are always comparing their lives to what they see on the internet. Since people only broadcast the good in their life you are comparing yourself to what seems like a perfect life. When people see their life isn't like others it only makes them feel worse about themselves. This is where time limits are boundaries are important. Too much time on social media may make you forget what reality is. 

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Facebook Envy: How The Social Network Affects Our Self-Esteem

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Researchers are working to discover how the idealized versions of ourselves that we project, and consume, through Facebook affects us in the real world.
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Facebook Envy is when people become jealous, lonely, and sad from comparing their life to their friend's Facebook pages. In a study, one in three people have felt dissatisfied with their life after looking at Facebook. In society, this is often taken as a joke but it is actually a real problem. People look at things such as pictures, likes, and birthday comments. Many people have taken breaks from Facebook because it affects them so much. The other side of the problem is what people are doing on Facebook to make their life look perfect. They leave out flaws, making their life seem perfect. They perfect all their pictures, leaving out the ones they might look 'ugly' in. They include the pictures where they are in a social setting so they look 'popular'. Psychologists say it's healthy for people to know other people's flaws, this way they can value people as a whole. The question is, will we learn how to change this? 

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Video: Facebook May Lead to Unhappiness

New research finds social media may lead to unhappiness.
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A great video about "The Facebook Blues". We overestimate people's happiness and underestimate their unhappiness. 

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Is Facebook Making You Miserable?

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By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Witnessing friends' vacations, love lives and work successes on Facebook can cause envy and trigger feelings of misery and loneliness, according to German researchers.
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It is crazy how Facebook triggers negative emotions in people, yet they remain to use it. Research shows that pictures from vacation trigger theses emotions the most. Social interaction, comments and likes, are the second highest cause. Women are the one who are most likely to compare themselves to other's physical looks, while men turn to life accomplishments. People in their thirty's look at the portrayal of how happy families are. This study and research done shows how people look at Facebook as a stressful environment.

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Feeling bad on Facebook: depression disclosures by college students on a social networking site - Moreno - 2011 - Depression and Anxiety - Wiley Online Library

Feeling bad on Facebook: depression disclosures by college students on a social networking site - Moreno - 2011 - Depression and Anxiety - Wiley Online Library | Does social media distort reality? | Scoop.it
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It is astonishing that more than 90% of college students use social networking sites. Social media has become a lifestyle for these people. Only about a quarter of these people are willing to share and display signs of sadness and depression on their Facebook. The others are part of the group who hide their flaws from their social identity. Also, the research that was done found that the people that are on their Facebook the most were the ones who showed the signs of depression. The question this research leads us to is, social media may cause depression, but can it help combat it since people are wiling to talk about it and be open about on their profiles? 

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Are Blogs Too Perfect?

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When I was growing up we were told the internet was a scary place. I was always super aware that the fellow fifteen year old I was talking to on Yahoo! Chat could likely be a pervy sixty year old i...
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This is a great example of a blogger who had admitted that her life isn't so picture perfect. She only posts the good things in her life so her reads precieve her as perfect. She doesn't include all her struggles, because who wants to read about that. People enjoy reading about other people's perfect lives. They turn to things like this as an escape from their own reality, which isn't perfect. 

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Social Media Sharing, Over-sharing and the reality that life is not a bed of roses | My Women Stuff

Social Media Sharing, Over-sharing and the reality that life is not a bed of roses | My Women Stuff | Does social media distort reality? | Scoop.it
Life isn’t just seen in black or white I usually have a carefully planned out schedule of posts for the blog so I know just how the week will progress but I bumped off the scheduled post for this rather...
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The person you are on social media is different from the person you really are. We share the roses on social media and leave out the thorns. This blogger does not find anything wrong with the fact that we were two masks. We think we know the lives of the people we follow on social media, but were only getting one side. Having perception allows people to understand that what they see on social media isn't all of one person's life. 

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Facebook Envy: How Cruising Can Kill Self Esteem

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Facebook Envy can be downright harmful to self esteem. But Facebook is an alternate universe, not reality. It's a ubiquitous PR machine where everyone's persona can sparkle brighter.
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Another article about the dark side of Facebook and how it doesn't portray the complete picture of people's lives. 

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8 Ways To Avoid Social Media Stress

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Updating and browsing your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram accounts probably makes up a huge chunk of the time you spend online -- and let's be honest, it can sometimes be a major source of stress and anxiety.
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If you want to continue using social media, but can't get away from the feeling down and depressed from it than here is what you do: use Facebook to keep in touch and talk with friends and not to 'stalk' your friends profiles, don't share too much of your life, report cyberbullying, remain positive, save your love life for offline, keep your photos clean, don't friend too many people, take breaks/log out. 

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Social Envy - Study Finds Facebook Causes Depression And Isolation

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Researchers have conducted tests that show that people who spend a lot of time scrolling on Facebook are more socially isolated and more frequently depressed than those who do not.

 

The question, of course, poses itself: are lonely people more drawn to social networks – or does constant surfing result in loneliness over time?

 


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The question is, do lonely people turn to social media or does social media make people lonely? 

The people who spend the most amount of time on social media have more feelings of isolation and depression than those who go on it for a quick look. People say the main reason they feel lonely after looking at Facebook is because of envy and the second reason is because of lack of responses. This has become such a large issue and has led to research being done because Facebook is used worldwide and anyone can feel envy. 

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SP-Index's curator insight, May 27, 2014 12:02 PM

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