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SHERISE PSAILA
'Investigating the self-esteem and social comparisons on social media platforms'

Sherise's dissertation is inspired by the intricate link we have with our self-image, self-esteem, and social comparisons. This investigation elucidates the detrimental effects of social comparison on one's self-image on social media and how social media serves as a fa├žade for what lies underneath. Numerous data fragments gathered from observations of specific social media sites significantly impacted the project's work and process. Social media users who shared some enlightening thoughts on the issue were given a voice. These thoughts were blended with photography and graphic design, with the photos exposing the real world that individuals seek to conceal on social media. Photography and graphic design techniques are combined to create engaging and inspirational posters encouraging people to be themselves.