Social Comparison on Social Media: What is it?
When we use social media, we tend to socially compare ourselves to others. We compare our looks, number of friends, relationship status, or general quality of life. We can make downward comparisons, where we feel more positive about ourselves and lives in relation to others, but on social media we use more upward comparisons, which is when we make more negative comparisons about ourselves and our lives. This results in negative consequences for us (Vogel, Rose, Okdie, Eckles, & Franz, 2015). This is because people on social media typically post positive events and present the most positive aspects of themselves (Chou and Edge, 2012). Therefore, when we are making these comparisons, we are not making accurate comparisons because we are only getting a glimpse into the positive aspects of someone’s life, yet we still experience negative consequences as a result of these comparisons.
1. Self-esteem effects
Past & Present Romantic Relationship Effects
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