Could Social Media Be Bringing You Down?

The whole reason we log on to Facebook or Twitter is to stay in the know about what's happening with our friends and family. But it turns out that overusing social media can actually deflate your self esteem. Studies have shown that people who spend more time on Facebook tend to have less self-worth and more frequent patterns of disordered eating.

Think about it: How often do you scour Facebook to catch up on all of your dance friends' accomplishments, like nailing a lead role or getting into a prestigious summer intensive, only to end up feeling a twinge of jealousy? Do you ever see a beautiful ballet photo of someone you know on Instagram and think, "If only I had her flexibility..."?

People only share what they want to be seen, which means that even the dancers who look incredible on social media are plagued with insecurities. So focus on what you have to offer onstage, in class and in real life—instead of online.