Effects of Images in Social Media on Life Satisfaction

dc.contributorRoskos, Beverly
dc.contributorTullett, Alexa
dc.contributorGriffin, Darrin
dc.contributor.advisorRoskos, Beverly
dc.contributor.authorRebaldo, Toni Marie
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2022-02-04T20:16:46Z
dc.date.available2022-02-04T20:16:46Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractSocial media use is known to impact a variety of psychological constructs. One of the most used social media platforms is Instagram. Previous studies have investigated the relationship between social media use and psychological well-being, including life satisfaction. Only a small amount of the literature assesses the causal relationship between the profiles that users see and their well-being. In this experimental study, 163 undergraduate student participants viewed 12 Instagram profiles and answered questions about their life satisfaction. Based on pilot data, profiles were categorized as portraying high or low life satisfaction. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three conditions that differed with respect to the frequency of the two types of profiles: 1) 0 high-life-satisfaction profiles, 2) 6 high-life-satisfaction profiles, and 3) 12 high-life-satisfaction profiles. We predicted that the more high-life-satisfaction profiles a person saw, the lower their life satisfaction would be. We did not find significant differences between the three groups, and thus we do not have evidence for a causal relationship between the well-being portrayed in profiles and the well-being of users. Because our study was powered to detect an effect of .2, our results are consistent with a null or small effect. Further research is needed in order to determine the connection between Instagram profile content and its impact on psychological well-being.en_US
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dc.identifier.otherhttp://purl.lib.ua.edu/181748
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0004038
dc.identifier.otherRebaldo_alatus_0004M_14678
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/8313
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectInstagram
dc.subjectlife-satisfaction
dc.subjectSocial media
dc.subjectWell-being
dc.titleEffects of Images in Social Media on Life Satisfactionen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of Psychology
etdms.degree.disciplineCognitive psychology
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.levelmaster's
etdms.degree.nameM.A.
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