A brief report on the associations amongst social media use, gender, and body esteem in a UK student sample
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AbstractResearch into the effects of social media on personal wellbeing have been controversial in recent years, with recent research highlighting links between social media use and body esteem. This conceptual replication study aimed to explore relationships amongst social media use, body esteem and gender amongst UK university students (n=100). Participants completed measures of social media use and body image esteem. It was hypothesised that social media intensity and usage would negatively predict body esteem, with high social media intensity relating to lower body esteem. We find that gender was the only significant predictor of body esteem, with women having lower body esteem compared to men. We were unable to replicate previous findings, as our findings show no relationships amongst social media intensity, use, and body esteem.
CitationOrmsby, H., Owen, A. and Bhogal, M. S. (2018) A Brief Report on the Associations Among Social Media Use, Gender, and Body Esteem in a UK student sample, Current Psychology
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