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Is Facebook Damaging your Self-Esteem?

Social media platforms like Facebook help friends keep in touch and share what is going on day-to-day in their lives. However, a recent study reveals that Facebook may actually be causing a lot of its users to feel more self-conscious and have a more negative outlook about their appearance.

A recent study evaluated 600 Facebook users between the ages of 16 and 40 and found that 51% of the participants became more self-conscious about their appearance after looking at photographs of others online. Of these participants, 75% felt the need to lose weight after viewing images of others on Facebook, and 32% admitted to feeling sad after seeing the photographs of their friends. If social networking is supposed to enhance our friendships and make us feel closer to each other, then why are so many people feeling sad about themselves as a result of the social platform?

When people post pictures of themselves on Facebook, they do so knowing that it is a picture they are happy with. So, while you are looking through friends photographs and thinking to yourself that she is incapable of taking a bad picture, you are not seeing the hundreds of photographs that she has decided not to upload. The negative feelings that people experience after being on Facebook are similar to those that many people experience after browsing through a magazine. When you are constantly comparing yourself to others it can be hard to appreciate yourself for who you are.

Having a positive self-image is an important part of weight management in Crofton. When you feel positive about the way that you look and the progress that you have made, then you are more likely to stay motivated to continue losing weight. Being positive about your progress is a big part of weight loss success, so instead of letting your Facebook friends bring you down try using the platform to build encouragement about your weight loss goals.

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