Janeille Edwards, 16, from Boston Latin Academy, believes that social networks affect people’s confidence levels in a positive way.
She says that Twitter increased her self-assurance from a six to a seven on a scale of one to 10. On Twitter, it is easy to find people from all over the world and begin talking to them from behind a screen. Users are bound to find people with common interests and therefore can form a group of friends that makes them feel less alone.
“They can find people who are just like them,” says Edwards.
The lives of teenagers often seem to revolve around social networks and this may be affecting the way they view themselves -- for better or for worse.
Andriana Harris, 17, from BLA, says that there are posts that can push teens to become the best they can be.
“The Internet is not all bad,” says Harris. “There are some inspirational sayings and motivational quotes that can help boost someone’s self-esteem.”
On the other hand, creating pages on social media may take a toll on one’s confidence. Teens like to post pictures of themselves on sites such as Instagram and Facebook -- for all to see. While some come off looking impeccably beautiful, others feel their looks are not up to par.
Another factor is the number of “likes” one receives, since getting them seems to be associated with being attractive.
Maddie Montgomery, 17, from Boston Latin School, says that Facebook has put a dent in her confidence.
“It was seeing other people’s pictures,” says Montgomery, “and comparing myself.”