It is very common to see teenagers posting attractive pictures and videos at Facebook and Instagram to remain popular among their friends and relatives. According to the researchers, content that makes them appear interesting, well-liked and attractive to their friends and peers is a primary goal for adolescents when deciding what to share in digital platforms.
Research reports reveal that about 92% of the teens are digitally active and they make efforts to appear favorably attractive on social media. On an average, teens spend about 2 to 5 hours per day on these online activities, hugely impacting their mental, physical, and social growth. Studies report that when the teens are online, they are desperately concerned about the way of presenting themselves attractive on social media.
Spending too much time on social media is significantly linked to higher risk of anxiety, depression, and low-self esteem affecting the quality of sleep at night.
Recent studies have also revealed a connection between heavy screen-mediated communication and depression. A strong theory proves that often teens compare themselves and their lifestyle to others they see on social media. They typically try to post their best face on social media; ultimately, showing that they are more than happy in their world and don’t often share their negative sides of emotions. This internet narcissism may others feel inadequate or not much happy with their own lifestyle and looks. Even teens sharing the perfect version of their lifestyle might be suffering from depression and anxiety, but, are anxious to accept in front of the world, which puts them into a deeper depression.