Hey Guys and Girls,
How many of us can genuinely say we don’t need social media to validate our worth?
We live in a society where having the latest gadgets and trendy items and posting it all on social media is at an all time high.
“Your worth is not measured in likes, comments, notes or followers; but in your ability to love, keep comments to yourself, take note and lead.”
The thing is I do believe we are living in a narcissistic society and this is only the beginning. This blog post is not to bash anyone or make anyone feel less than, but to encourage those that feel that feel like their self-worth can only be found on social media and also look at the different viewpoints from a sociological perspective on social media and its implications.
With social media having such a strong influence in our lives, we are now being forced to deprivitise our lives, giving a play on play on every move that we make due to social media.
Adding to the pressure of social media comes the selfie revolution forcing you to post and see others images on a regular basis. This can come with likes and comments from your followers. You then begin to see photos posted from your social group (and sometimes by people you barely know). This then begins to put pressure on how you feel about yourself and the way you see yourself from the inside and then outwardly.
As humans we are on a quest to prove our values whether this is done knowingly or unknowingly and this is what motivates a lot of people in life, trying to prove that they are worth something. Things are normally valued by quantifying them. For example thinking you’re not good enough because of how much you earn. This same attitude can be dragged onto social media. I have 20,000 followers therefore I am valuable or because I have 3,000+ likes.
It is important to understand that you are not your social media, your value can not be placed on the number of followers or likes you have. Social media is NOT a reflection of your worth or value. Whether you have two retweets or six friends or 9,000 comments. There is not a number which can describe your worth.
Nobody could respond to your Facebook or twitter updates, this does not mean you’re not beautiful in your selfies.
We live in a time where people want to live by affirmation through social media, which is why a lot of people are motivated to post things for that affirmation. I can hold my hands up and admit I’ve done this. It’s absolutely fine that we post on social media but it is important that we don’t let these things define our self worth.
People will filter the truth behind how they got that £60,000 car, I can guarantee it is not a true reflection of what that person is going through. So do you not place your value or worth on the number of likes you get on a post or tweet. You’re worth so much more Kings and Queens!
As a sociology graduate, I have decided to add this section to majority of my blogs. Sociologists tend to ask questions about why groups of people act the way they do. So the easiest way to write this part would be to pick sociological perspective and try to look at their perspective on social media.
- This perspective suggests that social media focuses on daily interaction between different people paying attention to the messages that people give to each other (statuses, tweets)
- Symbols include the likes and the follows that people get and give on social media which represents support and encouragement that they get from other peers and friends.
- Images and photos of different people can also be symbols of beauty and acceptance.
- While some may see just a picture on social media and see this as just a pretty face, others may see this picture and feel they must look this way.
- Same way some may think of likes and just see this as someone else just simply pushing a button, another may see this as someone validating their thoughts, ideas and physical appearance.
- Therefore it is through these different perceptions that someone can have either a negative or positive impact on the thoughts of the people who use them.
- Narcissistic tend to use social media in different ways some use it to boost their egos and control others perception of them.
- Watching others social media causes a ‘fear of missing out’.
- Whereas the Conflict Theory suggests that people on Social media with the most status compete with each other in view on social media platforms, whereas people with lower statuses are not seen.
- These people try to keep their power, by teaching followers what his or hers stays is about, so that the followers are schooled in the status that the popular social media person has, so that the power stays legitimised.
- Lastly the interactionalist perspective suggests that people are active on social media, because this is how they give meaning to the world.
- By commenting on what they find meaningful and collecting articles for example which show what they give meaning to.
In sum, this blog post set out what it intended to do (1) encourage those that feel their self-worth can be found in the number of likes, retweets or comments they get on their page. THIS IS NOT THE CASES, YOU ARE WORTH SO MUCH MORE! (2) look at and identify the different viewpoints from a sociological perspective on social media and it’s implication.
Thank you for taking your time out to read this blog post. Let me know your thoughts on the sociology section. Did you like it? Yes? No?
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