Social media has given us multiple platforms to express ourselves. It is a free zone that brings out a very personalized opinion of an individual over things that are viewed and valued by people in large numbers. However, its overuse may lead us to over evaluate the importance of our opinions and make it relatively difficult for us to accept the views of others. The trouble with this aspect of social networking is that nearly everyone presents an unrealistic portrait of themselves. Just as people select the most attractive photos of themselves to use as profile pictures, they tend to populate their newsfeeds with the most attractive bits of news about themselves which gives them a boost of self esteem. Self-esteem differs from narcissism in that it represents an attitude built on accomplishments we've mastered, values we've adhered to, and care we've shown toward others. Narcissism, conversely, is often based on a fear of failure or weakness, a focus on one's self, an unhealthy drive to be seen as the best, and a deep-seated insecurity and underlying feeling of inadequacy. It is important to understand that narcissism stems from underlying feelings of inadequacy. Of course, this is not always the case, but the unrealistically sunny picture that so many social networkers paint can have a negative psychological effect on their friends or followers. Empty praise causes us to feel entitled while lacking the true confidence necessary to feel good about ourselves. Keeping adequate knowledge of the positive and negative effects of sharing our thoughts over social media, as well as knowing how to strike a balance between things can help us remain reality-oriented, and boost our own well-being with things that intensively help in building our self-esteem beyond the idea of being positively reinforced through social media because you are more than your "Likes"!
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