Did you know that Snapchats from friends make young people question their jobs?
We’ve delved into the minds of young people to find out how social media causes career fear in students and graduates.
The research has shown that young people at work run the risk of hindering their careers by paying too much attention to Snapchats posted by friends about their jobs. 95 per cent of those surveyed admitted that they felt envious of some part of their friends’ jobs, with most stating that others’ travel opportunities with work is one of the main instigators of the green-eyed monster.
And social media has a lot to answer for when it comes to that jealousy. 37 per cent of those surveyed clearly cited social media as the source of their career envy. In fact, our opinions of how our friends are doing in their entire lives is shaped by what we see on social media with over one third stating that positive social media posts make them believe others are doing well.
Snapchat has been named the social media network that invokes the most feelings of anxiety around careers, with short disappearing stories that leave lasting impressions.
SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS THAT CAUSE MOST CAREER ENVY
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Dr. Sarah Parry, clinical lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University said: “This career anxiety is likely to come from an initial internal feeling of dissatisfaction, which is then exacerbated by these social media posts.
“60 per cent of students and graduates are still unsure of what they want to do in their careers. This insecurity is easily transformed into jealousy when they see continuous posts of what they perceive is someone who has it ‘all figured out’.”
Money is also a major reason for envy, with 46 per cent stating that their friends’ salaries are the main reason for their jealousy; with social posts about holidays and things they buy leading them to believe that they are earning less than their peers or friends.
Dr. Parry, whose clinical work focuses on experiences of dissociation and developing wellbeing services for young people, said: “It is important for students and graduates to know that these feelings are completely natural as social media becomes more and more a part of everyday life, and that they are not alone. ”
For more from Dr. Susan Parry on how to recognise and combat career anxiety, visit https://advice.milkround.com/opportunity-fomo
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