Relationship between social media use, self-esteem and satisfaction with life

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dc.contributor Han, Hyemin
dc.contributor Wind, Stefanie A.
dc.contributor.advisor Thoma, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Guven, Alev
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-01T14:24:03Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-01T14:24:03Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003320
dc.identifier.other GUVEN_alatus_0004M_13732
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6133
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The usage of social media has risen rapidly over recent years. This remarkable increase in popularity has drastically affected users’ lives, and the phenomenon has drawn the attention of researchers. Prior research has generally evaluated social media use on a single platform (Facebook). However, social media statistics have indicated that there has been a dramatic decrease in Facebook usage among 18-25-years-old, though older people have started to use Facebook more actively. On the other hand, the use of some other social network platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter have increased dramatically among young adults. A few research studies have focused on social media use including Instagram, Snapchat, and LinkedIn. This study intends to contribute to the research in this area by examining the relationship between the usage of social media and self-esteem, and social media use and satisfaction with life among university students in the United States. To achieve this purpose, the Social Media Addiction Questionnaire (SMAQ) was used to assess the participants’ level of social media addiction. The survey also collected demographic information for the research participants. In addition to the SMAQ and demographic questions, the participants completed the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale, the Satisfaction with Life Scale and the Positive Affect and Negative Affect Scale. 188 students participated in this study. Multiple Regression Analyses and Pearson Product-Moment Correlation were used to analyze the results. It was found that social media use is a predictor of self-esteem, negative effect, and positive effect. However, there was no correlation between life satisfaction and social media use. In addition to this, the results indicated that there was a strong positive relationship between self-esteem, positive affect, and life satisfaction. Keywords: Social media use, self-esteem, and satisfaction with life
dc.format.extent 77 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Educational psychology
dc.title Relationship between social media use, self-esteem and satisfaction with life
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling
etdms.degree.discipline Educational Psychology (General Educational Psychology)
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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