How a Personality can be Affected by Social Media?

Someone’s personality is his/her own distinct personal character. The person may be, serious, rude, precise irreverent, fastidious, sensible, bossy, warm, friendly and can be funny up to great extent. Obviously there are many other factors which makes up a Personality and the most important one is that How, when and what kind of people he has been in contact with? Social Media Interactions also plays a vital role in the development of personality which can be briefly explained by considering the story of Andrew Peterson”
Andrew Peterson was born and brought up in a noble family of Scotland, United Kingdom. He was the only son of his Parents and as habitual most Dearest to his parents.

Andrew’s father, Mr. Michaels Andrew was serving in British Ministry of defense since many years and Andrew’s heart was also filled with the sprit of Patriotic which was naturally gifted to him by his Father. Because of the Job Nature of Andrew’s Father his family has been living near an Air-Strip since his childhood. Each and every flight which takes off and lands was in sight of Andrew from their Apartment’s Gallery.  The little kid liked to observe flight of different Commercial aircrafts which were not very far from his sight. His interest in commercial Aircrafts started to develop even at his Primary Grades and that great interest becomes his Goal, A Desire and Dream to become a licensed Pilot.

Despite of the tough job responsibilities of his Father, Andrew used to Adamants to take him to Airports and Aviation events and his requests were most fulfilled most of time.

Andrew was very submissive and reserved since his childhood due to his interest in Aviation up to great extent and he was determined to achieve his Goal of becoming commercial pilot. He tend to talk with only few of his Class mates and even he was shy to talk communicate with his teachers. The time continued to pass and it was the winter of 2007 when he passed out from High School now he was getting closer to his Goal and he was going to apply for admission in a Flying School of Scotland.


Soon after High School exams winter vacations started and Andrew was preparing for aptitude test at his home while his vacations a friend of Andrew came to meet him at his Home and meanwhile enjoying a cup of hot coffee both friends got engaged in a general conversation.  Andrew’s friend told him about a Social Website (Facebook) where they could share their Views in a more convenient way.  As the traditional Emails needed a proper time to reply and they tend to seem like Official letters, Andrew Started taking interest in that Social networking website. Initially he used to only communicate and share his views with only few People but soon he realized that many of his Class mates are also using that Platform to share their Views, experiences, life achievements and many other aspects of life.

After few Months he started interacting with many of his class mates and further he also started taking part in active online forums. That was a great change which was not only observed by his parents but also by his friends.

Andrew’s Aptitude test was scheduled in the start of spring and now was not preparing for the admission in Flying School. Shocking but true! The online career forums had diverted his mind towards the field of information technology.
Somehow he appeared in the aptitude test due to worse preparation he couldn’t pass the Exam. His Parents and friends were shocked to know about this failure.

After few days, without any consultation with parents Andrew applied and appeared in the Amplitude test of Software Engineering. He passed the test with flying colors and started studying the course with full consideration.

Today Andrew is a professional Software Engineer and runs Software Company in Glasgow. This is how a Silent future Pilot was turned into a talkative Software Engineer by communicating on Social Media. There are many other changes which Social Media is bringing in the lives of young Generation which can be explained in few Postulates written below:
The aim of Andrew’s Story is to examine the impact of social media on personality development of a Person which you can easily understand the change in behavior of Andrew.

Social Media deeply influences someone’s personality and plays great role in Personality Development.


  • The Story concludes that Social media is not only utilized for socializing but also for communication Purposes.
  • The finding also tells that use of Social Media more than a certain limit can change mindsets.

    Some Social media factors which influence personality development include:

    ” (i) Change in the way of Communication (ii) Fake Standards of Appearance, (iii) Approval Seeking Behavior, (iv) Culture of Popularity, v) Access to thought & Ideas of different People.

  • The Story has two main limitations. The 1st limitation is that the study does not make use of primary data in forms of interviews. Secondly, the use of qualitative approach which increases researcher bias.
  • The findings of this study can be used to make policies in order to eliminate or at-least minimize the negative effects of social media on the personality development.
  • The findings show that social media has an adverse effect on the personality development.


The Story specifically identifies the 2 personality factors that are altered by the excessive use of social media. These findings can be used to develop interventions to eliminate negative impact on Personalities.


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