Start Date

30-4-2021 12:00 AM

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Social Work

Faculty Mentor

Rachel Casey, PhD, MSW

Keywords

body image, social media, body satisfaction, emerging adults, Maine

Abstract

This study investigated the impacts of social media use, specifically Facebook and Instagram, on emerging adults’ perceptions of self-esteem and body satisfaction. Limited research exists regarding the influence of demographic variables, such as gender, race, and geographic location, on the relationship between social media use and negative outcome variables. The researchers utilized a cross-sectional survey design with a target population of University of Southern Maine students. Researchers hypothesize that emerging adults who spend more time on Facebook and Instagram are more likely to have lower self-esteem and body satisfaction than emerging adults who spend little to no time on Facebook or Instagram. Based on findings from other studies, the researchers also hypothesize that emerging adults who live in urban areas will spend more time using social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram, than emerging adults who live in rural areas (Tacoli, 1998, Dumas et al., 2020; Pick et al., 2019).

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Apr 30th, 12:00 AM

The Impacts of Social Media Sites such as Instagram and Facebook on Emerging Adult’s perceptions of Self-esteem and Body Satisfaction

This study investigated the impacts of social media use, specifically Facebook and Instagram, on emerging adults’ perceptions of self-esteem and body satisfaction. Limited research exists regarding the influence of demographic variables, such as gender, race, and geographic location, on the relationship between social media use and negative outcome variables. The researchers utilized a cross-sectional survey design with a target population of University of Southern Maine students. Researchers hypothesize that emerging adults who spend more time on Facebook and Instagram are more likely to have lower self-esteem and body satisfaction than emerging adults who spend little to no time on Facebook or Instagram. Based on findings from other studies, the researchers also hypothesize that emerging adults who live in urban areas will spend more time using social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram, than emerging adults who live in rural areas (Tacoli, 1998, Dumas et al., 2020; Pick et al., 2019).

 

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