Synthesis 2- Final Draft - 1 Torre Glasker Ammar Hussein Synthesis 2 Relationship Between Self-Esteem and Social Media Tovonna Holton(15 was a young

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Torre GlaskerOctober 20, 2016Ammar HusseinSynthesis 2: Relationship Between Self-Esteem and Social MediaTovonna Holton (15) was a young girl with a bright future and wonderful life ahead of her. She was pretty girl and had a family that loved her very much. This all changed when she was tormented over social media. One day as she was showering at her school a few of her peers recorded her through an app called Snapchat which is used to record videos or take pictures and be able to send them instantly. Her video quickly circulated around the school and Tovonna was tormented and teased to the point thatshe decided to take her own life. In Tovonna’s case social media negatively effected her life in a huge way. According to bullyingstatistics.org, 1 in 3 young adults in the United States have been cyber-bullied through social media websites. Tovonna was only fifteen years old when she was cyberbullied to the point of taking her own life. Children and teens are gaining access to social media at very young ages in our time whether it be through a computer or their own hand-held devices such as I-pods, smart phones I-pads and tablets. Social media allows the interaction and networking of millions of people around the world. It takes just seconds for a 1
tweet, post update, picture or video to be circulated through theinternet and seen by hundreds of people. The question is, how does social media effect the self-esteem and personal image of today’s society in America? A few reasons that this may be the case is: users don’t have any control of the content that is created or posted on websites or in articles, people can stay anonymous through social media, and it can become addictive. Control of Content:Self-esteem is hurt when the people do not feel like they are living up to the standards of society or when they are unableto keep up with the current events or happenings in today’s social media. Individuals also feel a loss of self-esteem when they feel as though they are being judged or scrutinized on theirpersonal appearance or actions they may take. Psychologytoday.comlists a number of causes related to low self-esteem such as: society and media, bullying without the support of parents or over-protective parents, disapproving or uninvolvedcaregivers, trauma, etc. A major factor that plays a part in why self-esteem is beinglost due to the reasons stated in the above paragraph is users not having any control of the content that is found throughout social media other than their own accounts. Social media does notjust include apps and websites for social networking, it also 2
includes anything that can convey ideas like television,

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