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Since the latter half of the 20th century, technology or the digital revolution has evolved the way we communicate with others. Social media became a way to express one’s personal opinions on various topics. Individuals may present themselves differently on social media than in real life. This false presentation may be an issue that could affect social relationships. The misrepresentation of oneself is illustrated in the fact that most human beings would like to be viewed in a positive light by others (Green, 2013). In this research, we address the question; does self-esteem influence a person’s self-presentation on social media? The present study utilized a qualitative methodology. Ten individuals ranging from 18 to 35 responded to seven open-ended questions relating to social media and self-esteem in a focus group. Using grounded theory, findings showed three major reasons reported by participants on self-esteem and social media: a) Social media should be used as a platform to promote a more profound and dignified representation of yourself b) Certain individuals display hints of emotional distress which influences them to misrepresent themselves on social media for the purpose of social acceptance and c) Too much social media exposure many contribute to role confusion. In conclusion, social media has become so influential there is a possibility that it may impact a person’s mental state as well as identity development. Future research should further examine these issues.

Key words: Self-esteem, Misrepresent, False Presentation, Social Media


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  • Event location
    • Nesbitt 3104

  • Event date
    • 3 November 2018

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022