New Survey Reveals That Trying To Have A ‘Perfect Life’ On Social Media Is Making Us All Unhappy
Okay, so we’ve all taken 300 pics trying to get the perfect selfie, and some of us have maybe even stood on a restaurant chair in an attempt to get a better angle for a lunch photo, but it turns out that striving for online perfection is actually making young people unhappy.
A new survey from counseling service ChildLine has revealed that social media is actually damaging teens’ confidence and lowering their self-esteem more than ever before.
There’s also been a huge rise in the number of counseling sessions ChildLine runs every year – 23,000 back in the 80s compared to a whopping 286,000 today.
NSPCC chief exec Peter Wanless explained that, “It is clear from the hundreds of thousands of calls ChildLine receives that we have a nation of deeply unhappy children.”
“The pressure to keep up with friends and have the perfect life online is adding to the sadness that many young people feel on a daily basis.”
This shouldn’t be too surprising – we all remember when Australian model Essena O’Neill made waves on the Internet back in November, after posting a lengthy YouTube video announcing that she was quitting social media.
The 19-year-old hit out at the “false image” she’d been putting out on her Instagram account, and asked her fans to understand that most of what they see from her social media posts is “contrived, fake and forced”.
She added, “I spent everyday looking at a screen, viewing and comparing myself to others”.
If you’re struggling with any of these issues, don’t struggle in silence. Talk to someone – head to the NSPCC website for more information.
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