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Does Psychological Capital have an Impact on Effects of Exposure to User Generated Instagram Content on Well-being?

Hesselink, Janis Ole (2021) Does Psychological Capital have an Impact on Effects of Exposure to User Generated Instagram Content on Well-being?

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Abstract:Instagram is a social media platform which has grown in popularity in recent years, especially among young adults. However, literature shows that the use of Instagram must be seen as critical in some respects, as it can have a negative impact on well-being. Increased usage as well as the content viewed on Instagram are indicators of influences on well-being and causes symptoms such as insomnia, depression, and social media addiction. User generated content is the most common form of uploading information on Instagram. This type of content is characterised by users uploading images voluntarily and unpaid. However, these images often do not represent reality, which leads to a projected unrealistic worldview among users, suggesting that they cannot compete with ideal of others. Literature lacks in identifying concepts which can promote a healthy use of Instagram. Promising results from the approach of positive psychology are showing that the concept of Psychological Capital (PsyCap) works as a buffer against stress in many other areas. Subsequently, it was hypothesised that PsyCap works as moderator variable between the independent variable of exposure to user generated content and the dependent variable of well-being
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:50 technical science in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86702
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