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The association between state self-esteem and state self-compassion in the context of social media use in daily life

Eveslage, T. (2021) The association between state self-esteem and state self-compassion in the context of social media use in daily life.

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Abstract:Previous studies have investigated the association between self-esteem and self-compassion in social comparison settings. However, until now, research mainly investigated this association in physical social settings. Yet, as social comparison is increasingly taking place online nowadays, it is important to investigate the role of state self-esteem and state self-compassion in the context of social media consumption. The goal of the current study was to explore the state levels of self-esteem in association with the state levels of self-compassion in the context of social media use over the course of 9 days. A repeated measure, online experience sampling study was conducted. 40 participants volunteered in the study. The results of a linear mixed modelling (LMM) analysis revealed no significant association between social media consumption and state self-esteem. In contrast, LMM analysis revealed a very weak and negative association between state self-esteem and state self-compassion, indicating a within-person effect. Finally, LMM analysis revealed no significant association between state self-esteem and common humanity. The current study provides novel evidence about the association of state self-esteem and state self-compassion within the context of social media consumption investigating the within-person level. Future research needs to replicate the study in order to establish generalization of the results.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85563
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