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The Relationship between Instagram use and Well-being: the role of Self-esteem

Anneveldt, M.M. (2023) The Relationship between Instagram use and Well-being: the role of Self-esteem.

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Abstract:This research investigated the relationship between Instagram use and well-being and the effect of self-esteem on that relationship. The target group for the data gathering was young adults between 18 and 30 years old because this group uses Instagram the most. Also, research state that Instagram use could have potentially negative effects on this groups well-being and that self-esteem could have an influence on this. The data was gathered with a questionnaire and the results of 99 participants were analyzed. The analysis showed that no significant effect was found for Instagram use on well-being alone, but a significant effect was found when self-esteem was introduced. What was also found is that low self-esteem seems to increase well-being through more frequent Instagram use, while high self-esteem seems to decrease well-being through more frequent Instagram use. What the results could imply is that self-esteem could be a mediator instead of a moderator. The reason why low self-esteem could cause an increase in well-being could be due to the process of downward comparison.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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