The Pressure of ‘Fitting In’ Online
It’s natural to want to share the best parts of your life online with family and friends. However, sometimes you can find yourself viewing content that makes you feel inadequate, annoyed, worried or stressed. This can build up and start having a negative impact on your physical and mental wellbeing.
Worrying about your appearance, FOMO (fear of missing out) and social isolation are feelings that many children and young people have experienced.
“Nearly half (47%) of 8 to 17-year-olds are desperate to ‘fit in’ with their peers online, while 61% agree that the internet puts pressure on young people to come across as ‘perfect’.” (Free to be me report by UKSIC for Safer Internet Day 2020)
The unrealistic standards of social media culture can lead to incredible stress. The pressure to impress and to appear “perfect” online can often feel intense and leave them creating an identity that is far from reality.
If you are regularly feeling overwhelmed, anxious or struggling to cope, remember that help is available. Visit our Support services page for information on how to report issues or access free, confidential advice and support.