Alternative Title

Effects of Instagram on self-objectification

Publication Date

2018-5

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Psychology

Advisors

Randi L. Garcia

Keywords

Social media, Instagram, Self-objectification, Objectification theory, Social comparison theory, Effect of social media, Instagram (Firm), Social media-Psychological aspects, Objectification (Social psychology), Social comparison

Abstract

In two studies, the current research aimed to understand how Instagram usage affects its user’s self-objectifying thoughts, positive and negative emotions, and general well-being. Objectification Theory was used to motivate this research goal. Study 1 focused on the general population using a sample from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and Study 2 focused on a smaller population from an all-women’s college. Study 2 used a daily-diary methodology to investigate the effects of Instagram use on a daily basis. The results of Study 1 showed more Instagram use was related to higher public self-consciousness. Study 2 found a positive relationship between daily Instagram use and daily state self-objectification, and a positive relationship between daily state self-objectification and negative consequences. Overall, the results of both studies showed that Instagram use has some effect on self-objectification which, in turn, can lead to negative consequences.

Rights

2018 Sophia Hui Yu Liu. Access limited to the Smith College community and other researchers while on campus. Smith College community members also may access from off-campus using a Smith College log-in. Other off-campus researchers may request a copy through Interlibrary Loan for personal use

Language

English

Comments

47 pages : color illustrations. Includes bibliographical references (pages 37-41)

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