CelebritySatisfaction with Life and Self-Esteem
Thesporadic development in technology has aroused many issues in thesense that people become dissatisfied especially when they comparethemselves with pictures and images of people online setting. Forthis reason, the self-esteem of many individuals has been impacted toan exquisite extent. One of the most remarkable social site that hasattracted the attention of many people is Instagram. Thecontroversial issue that has been postulated by the researchers onthe social media is how the recent technology has impacted on theself-esteem of most individuals. The underlying question is whetherthe social media presents negative effects to the people who use it.
Unlikeother social media websites such as Facebook and twitter where theusers follow friends and families, Instagram gives an opportunity forthe users to follow celebrities in order to get as close as possibleto the celebrities’ daily lives. An important factor to note isthat celebrities often post pictures on Instagram whereby they mayshow case their luxurious vacations. Most of the celebrities arefamous and they usually come from the foreign beautiful countries. Itis true to ascertain that Instagram viewing has a negative impact onthe self-esteem of the viewers. Principally, that is because onInstagram the social comparison group of an individual includes thecelebrities who possess a lot of money and substantial attributesthat are valued by most people in the society. The fact that theindividuals compare themselves with the celebrities impacts on theirself-esteem and therefore they end up devaluing themselves.
Owingto the theory of social comparison, most teenagers tend to getdissatisfied with their bodies when they view body pictures posted onInstagram. According to the research studies, most celebrities postimages of their bodies in a way that they appear having pretty facesand perfect bodies. Moreover, the research studies revealed that theindividuals who view the pictures of models in Instagram develop alower body satisfaction. Principally, this is because the followerstend to compare their bodies with those of the celebrities. In thelong run, their self-esteem is lowered. Also, most of the celebritieshave hair styles that are exquisitely lavished. As such, thefollowers perceive that their hair styles are not appealing andtherefore they devalue themselves. Considering the dressing styles,it is paramount to ascertain that most of the celebrities inInstagram tend to post pictures which depict them dressingexpensively. For this reason, the individuals who view Instagram tendto think that they are poorer than the celebrities. As such, theirself-esteem declines since they consider the celebrities as beingbetter than them.
Inmost cases, people normally post photos of their faces when they arehaving fun or happy. As postulated from the research studies, whenindividuals view the pictures they tend to perceive the lives of thepeople they follow are either very good or their lives are a bore.The researchers elucidate that the more the people view the picturesthe more they lower their self-esteem. According to the socialcomparison theory, individuals use the aspect of comparison toascertain the potentials and values in order to minimize anyuncertainty in their lives. Therefore when the viewers of Instagramfind out that the celebrities are more appealing in the way ofdressing and appearance they get some psychological effect demeaningtheir individual lives. Important to note is that the majority of thecelebrities are mirrored as individuals of the high-class society.For this reason, the viewers of the celebrities’ pictures andimages on Instagram consider themselves as individuals from the lowersocial class. This therefore negatively impacts on their self-esteem.
Therehas been substantial evidence that has revealed how immense Instagramviewing affects the satisfaction and self-esteem of people. Regularviewing of celebrities and other famous people on the social mediaarouses the feelings of envy which translate to low self-esteemespecially among the female individuals. Studies have also pointedout that the use of the social media makes people develop poor socialskills. This is because the comparison of people in the social mediaplatforms makes them feel that they are inferior to associate withpeople of the high class. Besides, people develop a poor perceptionon their bodies since the celebrities reflect their bodies in a moreappealing way. The outcome of this perception is that the individualsbecome unhappy about their individual lives they end up dissatisfied.
Inthe light of the above discussion, it is paramount to ascertain thatcelebrity Instagram viewing has a negative effect on lifesatisfaction and self-esteem. This is because in IG, the socialcomparison circle is extended. Famous people and celebrities who havemore money and valuable possessions that are highly regarded by thesociety post their pictures and images on the Gram as a normal way oflife not knowing that there many people who get negative effects byviewing them. Due to the comparison with the celebrities, theself-esteem and perception of the individuals is negatively impacted.