Social media can feed our insecurities
SOCIAL media can be a huge lifeline for many mothers. It has been a godsend for those geographically isolated, and even those just confined to their home with newborns, sick kids or a limited support system.
But a recent study performed by Refinery29.com has revealed social media can have an adverse impact on the way we see ourselves as parents.
The study surveyed 500 Canadian women about motherhood and social media. It revealed apps like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter made mothers feel insecure.
A whopping 82 per cent of mothers compared themselves to other mums online and 69 per cent said they had insecurities about motherhood as a result of social media.
The survey found 39 per cent of mums saw themselves as not living up to expectations of their post-baby body in comparison to other mums, while 38 per cent saw other families as having more fun than their own.
It was determined that one in four women posted photos of their children on social media every day. Sadly, 52 per cent of mothers aged 18-35 admitted they noticed when friends didn’t “like” photos of their children.
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