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Effects of automatically generated autobiographies on body esteem of young adults

Langert, Leona (2019) Effects of automatically generated autobiographies on body esteem of young adults.

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Abstract:Social media can be increasingly used to support reminiscence, with the help of automatically generated autobiographies like the app ‘Top9’. However, given the heavy online presence of young adults on social media, it is important to investigate how far reminiscence based on social media posts can influence their body esteem. Therefore, the present study aims to examine the effects of automatically generated autobiographies on body esteem of young adults. Utilizing the app ‘Top9’ of Instagram, young adults (N =33) were invited to aggregate content from their Instagram profiles to then be transformed into AGA. A significant difference in body esteem was found after the intervention (p = .012). Young adults scored higher on body esteem after they were exposed to celebrities AGA in addition to their own AGA as well as after they were exposed only to their own AGA. It was found out that gender predicts body esteem (p=.042) and that females scored lower at the baseline as well as at the post-test on body esteem compared to males. Therefore, it can be stated that exposure to AGA leads to a significant enhancement in body esteem of young adults and that gender predicts body esteem.
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/78192
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