There’s a good news for moms who like to take selfies all the time, but not so good news for moms who post them on social media. A new report says that while moms who often take selfies show higher levels of self-confidence, the same moms who post them on their social media accounts tend to be more lonely and might have negative effects for their self-esteem.
A new survey by Fitrated has found that moms who take more selfies actually have higher self-esteem and satisfaction with their appearance than their selfie-shy counterparts. But here’s the catch: taking selfies can have a positive impact on your mental health and well-being, but only if you post them with the right attitude.
A spokesperson from FitRated recently told Elite Daily in an interview, “Selfies can be an empowering display of self-love and a big self-esteem booster. Social community can act as an arena for support and encouragement."
But at the same time, if the selfie-loving poster puts more of a value on validation from their peers and social media followers than how they feel about their own photo, that’s where the drawbacks set in. Mental health professionals agree that there is a huge difference between taking a selfie to make one feel better about themselves or taking a photo to compete with their friends and family on Facebook.
One of the reasons why posting on social media can have a negative effect on your mental health is because their self-worth might be valued based on how many likes and comments they get on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and so on. In other words, the more likes and commentary, the better the poster feels about him or herself. On the other hand, receiving only a few likes or comments might make the poster feel bad about themselves and their self-worth, especially if they feel as though their friends and family members might be ignoring them online.
There’s also the fact that people who take selfies are clearly aware of their physical appearance, but at the same time might feel a little paranoid of what others think of it, too. A recent survey showed that the more time you spend on social media, the more you tend to focus on your appearance and compare yourself to others.