I have been seeing many conflicting studies saying that facebook usage increases or decreases self-esteem.
- What is the current consensus regarding the effect of facebook usage on self-esteem?
- Has there been a meta-analysis?
I can see that looking at facebook would make one compare himself to another (upward comparison). This could induce jealousy. Likewise, seeing your own facebook profile reaffirms who you are. This would increase self esteem.