Social media may contribute to growing anxiety of perfectionism in PSE students

January 8, 2018

Social media may play a prominent role in the rise of perfectionism among postsecondary students, according to a study of Canadian, British, and American students. The study found that young adults feel that they must meet certain standards based on what they see on social media, which, according to the study, leads to a debilitating sense of perfectionism based on the perceived expectations of others. “These findings suggest that recent generations of college students have higher expectations of themselves and others than previous generations,” said study co-author Thomas Curran in a statement. “Today’s young people are competing with each other in order to meet societal pressures to succeed and they feel that perfectionism is necessary in order to feel safe, socially connected and of worth.” Montreal Gazette