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Social media creates new layer of identity - psychologist

Do you know someone's who's quit social media because it was taking over their lives?

And how much do you depend on social media for validation, waking up to grab your phone and check the likes on your latest post?

Well, clinical psychologist Khosi Jiyane says the boundaries between the personal self and the social self have been blurred, creating a new layer of identity which is a virtual one.

It has actually created a new veneer of self, over and above what we have come to know and how we have come to know ourselves.

Khosi Jiyane, Clinical psychologist

Where this becomes problematic, says Jiyane, is when that virtual self becomes synonymous with the real self.

I think what it has done it it has commodified the self in a manner that wasn't possible before, even though the social self has always been and will always be because we are social beings.

Khosi Jiyane, Clinical psychologist

Jiyane says social media has also allowed us to buy into a reality that does not exist.

And while the need for social approval is part of our social selves, the question is how much we start depending on it to define who we are.

She points out that people who boast thousands or millions of followers also suffer from loneliness and depression, as these social media connections do not translate into real bonds.

Listen to this thought-provoking conversation here:


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