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The relationship between highly visual social media and body image concerns with active versus passive use as a moderating variable

Vornholt, Lara (2018) The relationship between highly visual social media and body image concerns with active versus passive use as a moderating variable.

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Abstract:Introduction: This research aims at testing whether the use of highly visual social media is positively correlated with having body image concerns. Moreover, it was expected that an active use of highly visual social media rather than a passive use moderates the relationship between use of highly visual social media and body dissatisfaction. Methods: 157 participants (Mage = 21.44, SD = 3.71), whereof 123 women, 33 men and 1 other, were asked to fill in an online survey. The survey consisted of different questionnaires, for instance about body dissatisfaction and active versus passive use of highly visual social media. Results: A weak correlation between time spent on highly visual social media and body image concerns could be found. However, the data did not show that active versus passive use of highly visual social media moderates this effect. Discussion: The findings indicate that there is a positive, but weak relationship between time spent on highly visual social media and body dissatisfaction, meaning that people who use highly visual social media might also be more dissatisfied with their body. However, active versus passive use of highly visual social media does not seem to influence that relationship.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75162
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