Alyssa Thorne
September 24, 2017 2:08 pm
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In a world of increasingly present social media, this makes us sad, but doesn’t really surprise us. Seventeen spoke with 11 teens about how Snapchat affects their confidence, and their replies are a bit of a mixed bag.

For some people, social media helps keep relationships strong. But for others, social media might cause loneliness. Everyone’s experience is different; it really depends on the person and how they use it. However, some scientists think that checking social media often may reduce gray matter in your brain. Yikes!

However, there are some feelings that many teens had in common — like the pressure to present themselves a certain.

Lots of teenagers feel pressured to perform in order to impress Snapchat followers.

This pressure goes both ways.

Teens feel pressured to present a social-media-worthy life, even if it’s not genuine. But for the people who see these uber-glam Snapchat posts and stories, it just creates a lot of FOMO.

But for others, the app can be a great ego boost!

And while some love the filters for the potential they show…

…others find them to be an uncomfortable point of comparison.

Let’s not forget that the addiction is real.

Whichever direction Snapchat impacts your confidence, the fact that so many of us feel the need to be connected to it at all times can feel like a problem regardless.

Keeping up with updating your social media and seeing what’s happening on friends’ can be overwhelming.

Social media can be an enriching part of our days and relationships. But sometimes we forget that it’s a nice addition to our lives — not the sum of our lives. We hope all these teens — and all of us, really — figure out the best way to make social media work for them, instead of working for the best Snapchat.