Entry 11: Influence Of Social Media On Social Identity Pressure Among Youths

Undoubtedly, interactive social media platforms serve as an escape hub and somewhat “safe” haven for a lot of youths (which are majority of the users). We can all be in our closets and act out whatever we choose to, right? Social media deals both benefits and detriments, but it can be arguably said that the latter is predominant. While some users explore the responsible use of these platforms for securing good networks, a host of others are handed yardsticks to measure their successes in comparison with others.

The youth age bracket is a sensitive one grossly characterized by social identity pressure. It is a time where an individual makes the most crucial decisions and choices- who they want to be, how they intend to be it amongst others. The social identity theory by Tajfel postulates that a person’s sense of who they are is based on their group membership (the social status they choose to align with). This projects a psychological position that may frequently oppose the reality. An average 21st century youth wants to level up with the social standards of his/her peers. The main thing is to ‘belong’ right?

People from diverse backgrounds all converge to converse on a common ground- social media; but what differentiates them into social status cadres is the content of their posts. The ‘haves’ harmlessly or intentionally showcase their luxurious day-to-day lives and some ‘have nots’ honestly flaunt their average lives. While the former effortlessly receives colossal acceptance through followership, the latter needs a little more effort to call the shots. Now here is the nexus- there is a constantly evolving group of social media users whose social identity has been greatly altered based on this obvious lacuna between those with considerably ‘chilled’ lifestyles and others. Heard of ‘wanna be’?

A lot of youths have become engulfed by the obsession of gaining social media acceptance and thus projecting a lifestyle which is completely the opposite of their realities. Staying in trend does come with a lot of sacrifice, especially when it is naturally unaffordable! If you want to be a social media VIP, then the pressure on how to stay relevant is inevitable, especially in a society where success and respect is measured and awarded based on the outward appearance. The motivational chants “be yourself; let people accept you for who you are” is constantly shaded by the celebrations of some awkwardly surprising successes. Then do we totally blame an average youth who feels the need to “double his/her hustle”?

It is pertinent that youths should understand that the social media is like a stage curtain- the audience only gets to see what is displayed on the stage and most times are totally obscure of what happens behind the scenes. Social media platforms should be used responsibly to achieve healthy goals. Youths should identify more keenly with their social realities and carve out a positive niche from it. IMPACT DOES MATTER MOST!


This article was written by Gbala Ifeoluwa Deborah; connect with her on IG here 

102 thoughts on “Entry 11: Influence Of Social Media On Social Identity Pressure Among Youths

  1. The is a brilliant piece!

    This piece in the real sense gives a clear picture of the pressure that comes with social media.

    Brilliant piece!

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  2. This is a brilliant piece!

    This piece in the real sense gives a clear picture of the pressure that comes with social media.

    Brilliant piece!

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  3. I love the relateable terminologies that spiced up the article … The author was also able to project the needed balance rather than a total criticism common among others. Social media remains a two edged sword, the use is left to us

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  4. Talk about déjà Vu,this is totally relatable! It’s like the writer could see through the minds of the youth, this article talks about what is actually happening.
    Awesome!

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  5. Talk about déjà Vu, this is totally relatable! It’s like the writer could see through the minds of the youth, the article addressed what’s actually happening in today’s life.
    Awesome!

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  6. Aribisala Damilola · Edit

    This is a wonderful piece! The writer gives adequate insight into a very trending issue these days. I absolutely love the conclusion as well.

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  7. I love how the writer subtly brings to light the paradoxical influence of social media.
    The ‘be yourself” chants and at the same time a ticking time bomb for ‘self destruction’ in the long run for those affected negatively..
    While it also could be the bane of some, it actually helps some to ‘double their hustle’….

    Really nice blend of ideas

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  8. I don’t think any other person can do justice to this as she as done. This is the kind of article that makes a person rethink without being forced to. I love the fact that it is realistic and non judgemental.

    Educative and enlightening!

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  9. “It is pertinent that youths should understand that the social media is like a stage curtain- the audience only gets to see what is displayed on the stage and most times are totally obscure of what happens behind the scenes.”

    Well said.

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  10. This is indeed, a piece that requires mass spread. We youths especially, need to see these properly stated merits and demerits of the social media.

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  11. The truth in this!
    The last paragraph truly sums it up. What is seen on social media is but a fraction of the entire realities of people’s lives. Youths and people in general need to stop doing themselves a disservice by comparing their reality to that fraction.
    Social media should be used positively.
    Nicely written!

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  12. The truth in this!
    The last paragraph truly sums it up. What is seen on social media is but a fraction of the entire realities of people’s lives. Youths and people in general need to stop doing themselves a disservice by comparing their reality to that fraction.
    Social media should be used positively.
    Nicely written! !

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  13. The author of this lovely article deserve nothing but a great commendation for capturing the realities of social media defect in this era.

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  14. Enlightening! It’s such a pity how Youths these days are being blinded by the cloud of fantasies being showcased on social media, and in so doing, neglecting the reality. This is an excellent piece!

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  15. A brilliant piece, the second to the last paragraph though, most of our youth are drown in that river, living life that is entirely opposite to their reality…this piece is ought to be read by every nigerian youth

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  16. This writeup talked about the use of social media just the way it is….what we see on social media is not all there is to it..
    A really nice writeup

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  17. Atinuke Olaoluwaposi Favour · Edit

    interesting write up,this explains the impact social media plays these days even to our youths, the goal should be for impact and not portray what is not, excellent, thanks for this…..

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  18. Atinuke Olaoluwaposi Favour · Edit

    interesting write up,this explains the impact social media plays these days even to our youths, the goal should be for impact and not portray what is not, excellent, thanks

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  19. Chidinma Happiness · Edit

    When people begin to realise early enough that they have abilities and are gifted in such a way that if it is(or they are)well harnessed, fashioned and pruned will give them far greater “attention and relevance” than trying to meet up with another person’s standard, I’m convinced that the world indeed will be better.

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  20. “Social media should be used responsibly to achieve healthy goals”.. The lives of many would be so much easier if only they didn’t try so hard to copy the live styles of people on social media.. Kudos yo the writer

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