Evaluation of Credibility

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Social media can have daunting affects on your-self image. In the article 7 Ways Social Media Can Affect Your Self-Esteem, published in 2016, Teresa Newsmen explains that popular social media sites can be to blamed for feelings of low self-worth. She backs up this statement by explaining how people only portray the best versions of themselves on social media. This leads to feelings of doubt and lowered confidence level for many media users. Another strong argument made by Newsmen is that media outlets create false connections and friendships that are not necessarily genuine.

Is this article credible?

I can argue that this website is credible due to Newsmens verifiable background as well as her hyperlinks and research evidence that is placed amongst the article. She uses several examples to show that social media impacts people’s lives immensely. She was also directly involved in the impacts of social media and saw its daunting effects first hand.

Involvement and Experience

Newsman explains that she has direct involvement with people being negatively impacted by social media. She states in the article that she “worked with couples and individuals as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate and Planned Parenthood Responsible Sexuality Educator” she adds that she “ saw some shocking ways social media wrecked self esteem and strained relationships.” She proves that she has experience with this topic and has invested herself into her article topic. She has worked directly with Planned parenthood, a widely known and credible corporation that deals with women’s and couples health. This leads me to believe that she is a credible source for this topic.

She also explains that she is a constant media user and has seen negative implications in her own life from social media. She states that “This new socialization brought it’s own pressures to me, like the desire to look good online, and to come across as funny and interesting — struggles people have in real face-to-face interactions, but applied to a non-stop, global network of people.” This shows that she has personal experience with media. In return, this emotionally invests her into her writing because it directly impacts her.

Credible sources and research.

Newsmen uses several resources to backup her claims in this article. All of these sources are hyperlinked and are credible scholarly sources. This means that her facts and opinions are researched, valid and credible. For example, she explains that “French researchers from Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, in an 2013 article published in PLoS ONE, found that the more time we spend on social media sites, like Facebook, comparing ourselves to others, the more depressed we get.” By including a short synopsis of her source, it shows that the information being provided is valid. She also provides the audience with a direct hyperlink to where she found the information. For example, the quote I included has a hyperlink to an article from a University website. She is not biased in her statements or research which earns her a very professional voice. This leads me to believe that her information is well researched and developed by a credible source.

Another example of this is when she explains that “Sherrie Campbell, a psychotherapist, told Alternet “social media can give us a false sense of belonging and connecting that is not built on real-life exchanges. This makes it increasingly easy to lose oneself to cyberspace connections and give them more weight than they deserve.”” She cited the author, explained the author’s credentials, included a quote and a hyperlink to where she found her information.


All in all, this article is credible. Newsmen is experienced within this topic of conversation and has worked within the field of social media affects. She explains her arguments clearly and does not have an extreme bias. All of her included sources are credible and trustworthy. With each claim she has evidence and research to back it up. Taking all of this into account, this website is a credible source.

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